I recently read an article (provided in the link below) about the relationship between Mexican drug traffickers and drug producers in Colombia. In the article, the author stated that “Colombia is one of the world’s largest producers of cocaine, with an estimated output of 290 tons per year, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.” The article went on to describe that Colombia’s drug cartels primarily act only as producers now as they have been weakened by U.S. backed military anti drug efforts. According to the article, Mexican Cartels have started sending operatives into Colombia in order to directly negotiate and transport the Colombian produced cocaine back to the Cartels in Mexico. The article described how there has been knowledge of a connection between Colombian and Mexican drug cartels, but that this is the first mention of active foreign traffickers in the area.
This article is very interesting as it directly relates to the topics we are covering in class. The topic of drug organizations in Colombia is the topic we have recently started, so it is interesting to see an article that illustrates some of the history of the Colombian drug organizations. The article hints at the fact that the Colombian drug cartels have been very powerful and successful, but the article also describes how they have suffered from U.S. backed anti drug attempts. This article describes the current state of Colombian drug cartels and illustrates how, due to the anti drug efforts, these cartels have resorted primarily to producing cocaine. The article is further interesting as it illustrates a connectedness between drug cartels. The networks that drug cartels have formed include and depend on each other. The article illustrates a prime example of this by revealing that Mexican cartels send operatives directly to Colombia to negotiate and transport. The Colombian cartels produce, and the Mexican cartels purchase and transport. This interconnectedness shows the international nature of the drug trade, not just between traffickers and users, but also between traffickers and producers.