America's Top Four Narco States
There are narco states in addition to the ones I'm going to list.
I'm just listing the biggest U.S. taxpayer supported narco states.
Any discussion of narco states that doesn't include the biggest narco state in all of history - Afghanistan - is not a real discussion. This was six years ago.
With a record 224,000 hectares under cultivation this year, the country produced an estimated 6,400 tons of opium, or around 90 percent of the world’s supply. The drug is entwined with the highest levels of the Afghan government and the economy in a way that makes the cocaine business in Escobar-era Colombia look like a sideshow. The share of cocaine trafficking and production in Colombia’s GDP peaked at six percent in the late 1980s; in Afghanistan today, according to U.N. estimates, the opium industry accounts for 15 percent of the economy, a figure that is set to rise as the West withdraws. “Whatever the term narco state means, if there is a country to which it applies, it is Afghanistan,” says Vanda Felbab-Brown, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who studies illicit economies in conflict zones. “It is unprecedented in history.”
Opium production in Afghanistan has gone up almost every year since the U.S. invaded. the involvement of senior government officials in drug trafficking is more serious than the Taliban’s own connections.
Kosovo is not normally what you think of when you think of narco state, but it should be, because it's been a narco state since the U.S. created it.
In just the six months after Washington enthroned the Kosovo Liberation Army in that Yugoslav province, Mother Jones called them Heroin Heroes.
Ten years later the Atlantic had the colorful headline, Kosovo's New Prime Minister Into Drug, Arms, and Human Organ Trafficking.
There's been no real improvement since. Kosovo is now the biggest ISIS recruitment center in Europe.
Just weeks ago the Tuscon Star had the headline, US supports Honduran government that forces many to migrate as it protects drug trafficking.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan revealed that in court filings against the president’s brother, Tony Hernandez, in August 2019, and witnesses testified to it in Tony Hernandez’s October 2019 trial. The president’s brother was found guilty of four crimes, including conspiring to import about 220 tons of cocaine to the United States.
Honduras had plenty of problems before Hernandez first took power in 2014, of course. But some Honduran migrants say the destruction of social protections that drove them out occurred under his watch, even as the Obama administration aided him and Trump tightened the American embrace.
Not surprisingly, a country run by organized crime became consumed by it from top to bottom. What has been surprising is the U.S. role in supporting the same government that, according to many Honduran migrants and experts, caused them to flee to the United States.
Border Patrol apprehensions of Hondurans surged by 430%.
Honduras is the biggest narco state in the western hemisphere.
Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras is a key hub of U.S. military operations in Central America.
For 50 years we've been sending money and troops to Colombia to fight cocaine.
Colombia remains the world’s largest producer of cocaine.
As you've figured out, we aren't winning.
This is complicated by the fact President Ivan Duque was elected with the help of the drug trafficking organization of Marquitos Figueroa and the boss of Duque’s party, former President Alvaro Uribe, is a former Medellin Cartel associate.
Both Duque and Uribe are being investigated because they allegedly believed they could get away with US counternarcotics funds to fight political opposition instead of narcos, which is causing discord.