Organized Crime Knows No Borders

John M. Doyle

In the days since the March 5 death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, security analysts have speculated on whether regime change will have any effect on transnational narcotics cartels operating in that Latin American country. Since 1999, when Chavez began his 14-year rule, Venezuela has been considered a major hub for the shipment of illegal narcotics from Colombia to the United States and Europe. While he was never linked to criminal narcotics activity – in fact, Venezuela extr...
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