Nov 9, 2011

Drug War: US official: Drug traffic may return to Caribbean

Well, now, let's see. The U.S. pushed the narcos out of the Caribbean and into Mexico and Central America. Now it may be pushing them back into the Caribbean. How is this a strategy? It sounds like the game of Whack-a-mole or, as they prefer to call it in Latin America, the cockroach effect. Whack 'em in one place and they just move to another. "A top U.S. State Department official said Tuesday that drug traffickers may return to old Caribbean smuggling routes as law enforcement pressure builds against them in Mexico and Central America.

William Brownfield, assistant secretary of state for international narcotics and law enforcement, said the Caribbean routes used to ship cocaine and other drugs in the 1970s and 1980s are the most logical for traffickers. Those routes led most often to South Florida but also to other Southern U.S. states. "I do not see it right now, but simple logic and common sense tells you that you probably are going to see it in the next two or three years," Brownfield said in an interview. "They are going to look for alternative routes."" read more

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