Despite growing momentum for drug policy reform in Latin America, continual carnage in Mexico and a U.S. government-sponsored study that rips U.S. drug policy, America’s 40-year war on drugs is still raging.This week retired Colombian police Gen. Mauricio Santoyo turned himself in to the DEA on charges that he helped drug gangs and right-wing paramilitaries smuggle cocaine to Mexico and the U.S. while he was the head of security for the president of Colombia.
All this got us thinking about how drugs make it from Latin America to American cities, so we put together a series of maps to get a better idea.
95 per cent of American cocaine imports are brought by Mexican cartels through Mexico and Central America
Here's a look at which cartels tends to handle which drugs (though the dominant Zetas are conspicuously missing on this map)
Demand is geographically skewed in the U.S. as the West prefers methamphetamine (red) and the east prefers cocaine (blue)
All things considered, the drug superhighway is running smoothly as cocaine is causing more trouble than ever in its largest markets (U.S. and Europe)
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