drug cartel

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Noun1.drug cartel - an illicit cartel formed to control the production and distribution of narcotic drugs; "drug cartels sometimes finance terrorist organizations"
cartel, corporate trust, combine, trust - a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service; "they set up the trust in the hope of gaining a monopoly"
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A report released on March 26 by the Justice Department's inspector general reveals that agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are alleged to have had sexual encounters with prostitutes hired by drug cartels.
on the precursor chemicals used to make the synthetic drug has pushed its manufacture south of the border, where drug cartels now find it cheaper and easier to produce and smuggle over the border than cocaine from South America, the paper reported.
Western intelligence has suggested that the most of mineral trading in Guyana is controlled by at least two major foreign drug cartels, including Mexico's Knights Templar cartel, who are believed to be financing operations of at least four major gold-mining firms with strong connections to the Guyana government, reports Caribbean360.
Complete details of drug cartels established in east, west, south, central and Malir zone have been provided to the police stations.
Dubai: International oil companies prepping to invest in Mexico's oil sector must be wary of an increasing threat to production from drug cartels siphoning oil to sell on the black market, analysts say.
Global Banking News-May 23, 2014--Major banks in US under investigation for ties with drug cartels
Bataoil, a retired police general, said global manufacturing of illegal drugs and its extensive trafficking network now span the Pacific, connecting Chinese chemical factories, drug cartels in Mexico, and drug users not only in the Americas but in Asia as well.
Narco-terrorism refers to the nexus between drug cartels, transnational criminal organisations and terrorist groups.
This is a major achievement by the Special Cell which has been trying to rein in the menace of international drug cartels using India as a trafficking centre," the officer added.
Ciudad Juarez, which borders the US state of Texas, was once the deadliest city in Mexico amid a turf war between drug cartels.
Those drug cartels and militant groups associated with them are dangerous to Bahrain and have to be rooted out," he said.
Grillo left Britain in 2000 to investigate Mexico's feared drug cartels and his book – El Narco: The Bloody Rise Of Mexican Drugs Cartels – provides an extraordinary insight into the violence threatening the country's democracy.