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  1. drug cartel(noun)

    an illicit cartel formed to control the production and distribution of narcotic drugs

    "drug cartels sometimes finance terrorist organizations"

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  1. Drug cartel

    Drug cartels are criminal organizations developed with the primary purpose of promoting and controlling drug trafficking operations. They range from loosely managed agreements among various drug traffickers to formalized commercial enterprises. The term was applied when the largest trafficking organizations reached an agreement to coordinate the production and distribution of cocaine. Since that agreement was broken up, drug cartels are no longer actually cartels, but the term stuck and it is now popularly used to refer to any criminal narcotics related organization, such as those in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Italy, United States, Russia, Afghanistan, Colombia and Pakistan. Below is the basic structure of the drug cartels in Mexico: ⁕Falcons: Considered the "eyes and ears" of the streets, the 'falcons' are the lowest rank in any drug cartel. They are responsible for supervising and reporting the activities of the military and their rival groups. ⁕Hitmen: The armed group within the drug cartel that are responsible for carrying out assassinations, kidnappings, thefts, extortions, operating protection rackets, and defending their 'plaza' from rival groups and the military.


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