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Tosh Plumlee
04-18-2009, 04:11 AM
http://blog.thegooddrugsguide.com/0754/7-countries-where-drug-lords-lord-it-over/

".... You know a country has a very serious drug trade problem when one of its most-wanted drug traffickers makes it to the Forbes list of the richest persons in the world. Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico, was just recently listed by Forbes as the 701st richest person in the world with a net worth estimated at $1 billion.
The Guzman-led Sinaloa cartel is just one of the four major drug cartels wreaking havoc in Mexico, the major transit point for over 90% of America’s cocaine supply. With the dismantling of Colombia’s Medellín and Cali cartels, Mexico’s Sinaloa, Juarez, Tijuana and the Gulf cartels have become the predominant smugglers and wholesale distributors of South American cocaine and Mexico-produced marijuana (http://www.thegooddrugsguide.com/cannabis/basics.htm), methamphetamine (http://www.thegooddrugsguide.com/amphetamines/basics.htm) and heroin. These cartels have grown increasingly wealthy and powerful over the years, and if their ongoing war against the Mexican and US government is any indication, have become increasingly violent as well.
Since the beginning of 2008, more than 7,000 people have been killed in the drug-fueled violence that has practically turned some parts of Mexico into a virtual war zone. Killing civilians and beheading (http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1839576,00.html) rivals from other cartels, policemen and soldiers have become commonplace, and the efforts of the US and Mexican governments to put them down hasn’t yielded any significant results just yet. Equipped with grenade launchers, automatic weapons, body armor, Kevlar helmets, these cartels are some of the most sophisticated and dangerous organized criminal groups ever faced by the US government. ...".

(Picture Joaquin 'Shorty' Guzman)

David Guyatt
04-22-2009, 10:36 AM
I would add to this Tosh, that you know your country and institutions have a serious drug trade problem when Forbes begins including known narco barons in its rich list.

The problem, imo, is that the accumulation of wealth is now applauded by the elite no matter how it is accrued. And in a very obvious and clear way, Forbes has taken a giant step for greed-kind by de facto legitimizing the very worst criminal behaviour as acceptable social practice.