Latin American illicit drug business

Expect slow change in the drug business

In conclusion and returning briefly to the eight headlines dating back six years ago, the fact that there has been little change underlines a somewhat disappointing but unavoidable reality. The drugs business is profitable, highly violent, and deeply embedded in Latin American economies and political systems. Put simply, it is not going to go away anytime soon. Massive demand for illicit drugs coming from the United States and other relatively wealthy countries tends to call forth the necessary supply. If one cartel is neutralised, or otherwise removed from the picture, new criminal organisations quickly spring up to fill the vacuum left behind it.  

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