Thursday 10 October 2013 - Filed under Uncategorized

Squeeze drug traffic lanes in the Caribbean in the 70s and 80s and the traffic shifts to Mexico. Squeeze Mexican traffic lanes through the 90s and aughts, and the traffic shifts right back to the Caribbean.

More of the cocaine smuggled to the United States is passing through the Caribbean, officials said, representing a shift in which drug traffickers are returning to a region they largely abandoned decades ago.

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Last month, William R. Brownfield, assistant secretary of state for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, told the Miami Herald that the Caribbean trafficking corridor of the 1970s and 1980s is “still around and will begin to look more attractive” to criminal organizations as they search for an alternative to Central America and Mexico.

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The larger, more valuable shipments, have been accompanied by an increase in drug-related violence as cartels and their agents work to establish themselves and control territory.

Prohibition inspired violence ramps up, people die, and drugs still get through. In fact the drug market is so good that drugs are both more pure and cheaper than they have been in over 20 years. Way to go, drug warriors. You spend billions and billions per year on stopping drugs, and all you accomplish is dramatic rises in violence accompanied by better and cheaper drugs. It’s almost like it’d be better if you didn’t do anything at all. The prison state would be significantly diminished, fewer people would die as a result of prohibition which creates incentives for drug cartels to perpetrate violence in order to protect lucrative profits, and the government would stop wasting taxpayer dollars which, since the beginnings of the drug war, add up to well over a trillion dollars.

2013-10-10  »  madlibertarianguy