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How drug trafficking effects the buyers, the sellers, and the global economy
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Cocaine Flows

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Following a significant increase over the period 2002-2005, global cocaine seizure totals have recently followed a stable trend, amounting to 712 tons in 2007 and 711 tons in 2008. Seizures continued to be concentrated in the Americas and Europe. However, the transition from 2007 to 2008 brought about a geographical shift in seizures towards the source countries for cocaine. Seizures in South America accounted for 59 per cent of the global total for 2008, compared with 45 per cent in 2007.

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Global Drug Trafficking Trends

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With the increased influence of the Internet, the production of so-called "designer drugs" is soaring out of control throughout muh of the world, a new report has found.
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Poppy Fields Are Now a Front Line in Afghan War

Poppy Fields Are Now a Front Line in Afghan War | Drug Trafficking International | Scoop.it

Updated: Jan. 19, 2012

Although Mexico has been a producer and transit route for illegal drugs for generations, the country now finds itself in a pitched battle with powerful and well-financed drug cartels.

In January 2012, the Mexican government reported that 47,515 people had been killed in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderón began a military assault on criminal cartels soon after taking office in late 2006.

The official tally provided by the attorney general’s office included data only through September 2011, and it showed that drug-related killings increased 11 percent, to 12,903, compared with the same nine-month period in 2010. Still, a government statement sought to find a silver lining, asserting that it was the first year since 2006 “that the homicide rate increase has been lower compared to the previous years.”

But that was unlikely to calm a public scared by the recent arrival of grisly violence in once-safe cities like Guadalajara and in the region around Mexico City.

The violence has slackened in many areas along the border, including Ciudad Juárez, the bloodiest city, where homicides have been declining. Mexican officials say the decrease is proof that they are making headway, but analysts say it may have more to do with one rival group’s defeat of another, reducing competition and the bloodshed that comes with it.

The shift in the center of violence may reflect the shifting contours of the fights between criminal organizations. Analysts say the battle is increasingly coming down to a fight to the death between the Sinaloa cartel, a more traditional drug-trafficking organization widely considered the most powerful, and Los Zetas, founded by former soldiers and considered the most violent as it expands into extortion, kidnapping and other rackets in regions far off the drug route map. A third, the Gulf Cartel, remains well armed and rises to attack from time to time.

Mr. Calderon leaves office in November 2012, as Mexico’s presidents are limited to a single term. In the fall of 2011, he moved to lock in the militarized approach to drug cartels that has defined his tenure, pushing aside public doubts and pressing lawmakers to adopt strategies he hopes will outlast him.

He stepped up calls for Mexico’s Congress to approve stalled initiatives to remake state and local police forces, codify the military’s role in fighting crime and broaden its powers, toughen the federal penal code and tighten laws to stop money laundering.

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The Drug Journey

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Overall Level of Cocaine Production 2005

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The overall level of cocaine production globally remained essentially stable
in 2005; practically it is unchanged from the levels of a decade ago.

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Drug trafficking

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PATTERNS

Drug Trafficking Patterns to and from Eastern AfricaIn the period 1995-2006, reported seizures of heroin, cannabis and cocaine in the region covered by UNODC Eastern Africaare comparatively few and do not reflect the extent of trafficking, availability and growing abuse in the region. The region is attractive to international drug trafficking syndicates as they are quick to exploit non-existent or ineffective border (land, sea and air) controls, limited cross border and regional cooperation as well as serious deficiencies in the criminal justice systems. Hence, the low seizure figures are more an indication that few resources are allocated to drug control and that international border controls are weak than a sign that no drugs are being trafficked through the region.

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Michelle Lopez's curator insight, April 7, 2014 11:43 AM

Drug trafficking happens everywhere & somehow possible, to air from underground. Making it impossible to stop it. This business started way before in the 1900's.  

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MEXICAN DRUG TRAFFICKING

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Updated: Jan. 19, 2012

Although Mexico has been a producer and transit route for illegal drugs for generations, the country now finds itself in a pitched battle with powerful and well-financed drug cartels.

In January 2012, the Mexican government reported that 47,515 people had been killed in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderón began a military assault on criminal cartels soon after taking office in late 2006.

The official tally provided by the attorney general’s office included data only through September 2011, and it showed that drug-related killings increased 11 percent, to 12,903, compared with the same nine-month period in 2010. Still, a government statement sought to find a silver lining, asserting that it was the first year since 2006 “that the homicide rate increase has been lower compared to the previous years.”

But that was unlikely to calm a public scared by the recent arrival of grisly violence in once-safe cities like Guadalajara and in the region around Mexico City.

The violence has slackened in many areas along the border, including Ciudad Juárez, the bloodiest city, where homicides have been declining. Mexican officials say the decrease is proof that they are making headway, but analysts say it may have more to do with one rival group’s defeat of another, reducing competition and the bloodshed that comes with it.

The shift in the center of violence may reflect the shifting contours of the fights between criminal organizations. Analysts say the battle is increasingly coming down to a fight to the death between the Sinaloa cartel, a more traditional drug-trafficking organization widely considered the most powerful, and Los Zetas, founded by former soldiers and considered the most violent as it expands into extortion, kidnapping and other rackets in regions far off the drug route map. A third, the Gulf Cartel, remains well armed and rises to attack from time to time.

Mr. Calderon leaves office in November 2012, as Mexico’s presidents are limited to a single term. In the fall of 2011, he moved to lock in the militarized approach to drug cartels that has defined his tenure, pushing aside public doubts and pressing lawmakers to adopt strategies he hopes will outlast him.

He stepped up calls for Mexico’s Congress to approve stalled initiatives to remake state and local police forces, codify the military’s role in fighting crime and broaden its powers, toughen the federal penal code and tighten laws to stop money laundering.

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The Harms of Drug Trafficking

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Drug trafficking poses a serious threat at international and national level to
states, the social welfare, as well as to societies. By increasing the level of
addiction, drug trafficking contributes to increasing crime in the community and
to other drug related problems such as HIV/AIDS.The spill over effects of drugs trafficked through transit countries cause
great harm. For example, opiates/heroin trafficked from Afghanistan through
Central Asia and Eastern Europe has contributed to a massive increase of
HIV/AIDS infected persons, partially due to an increased injecting drug use.

Since more than a decade, Afghanistan is the world largest producer in
opiates. Illicit cultivation has increased by a massive 59% from 104,000
hectares in 2005 to 165,000 hectares in 2006. Opium production is estimated at
6,100 metric tons in 2006, an increase by 49% from 4,100 metric tons in 2005.
All measures taken by the international community to stabilize the situation
failed up to now. The situation in Afghanistan has a wide ranging negative
impact on the surrounding states and far beyond.

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Sixteen serbian allegedly mobsters and drug traffickers arrested in Brazil.

Sixteen serbian allegedly mobsters and drug traffickers arrested in Brazil. | Drug Trafficking International | Scoop.it
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