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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THIS is the world's youngest and most ruthless drug cartel enforcer who police claim has murdered 79 victims.
We don't want to let these few thousand drug cartel members affect the entire agenda for a country of 118 million, which is a legitimate point.
A GROUP of farmers and businessmen from a western Mexico state have demanded that the government stop sending thousands of federal police to fight a local drug cartel.
The shootouts started after members of the Knights Templar drug gang blocked roads with vehicles and ambushed police patrols amid intensified fighting between the drug cartel and federal police in recent weeks, the (BBC) reported.
A federal jury in Texas convicted the brother of two alleged leaders of Mexico's Los Zetas drug cartel of setting up a racehorse enterprise to launder millions of dollars in illicit profits, authorities said on Thursday.
Coronel was in charge of smuggling marijuana for the Sinaloa drug cartel across the Mexico-Arizona border, Sanchez said.
Authorities say that the bodies were thought to have been dumped there by a drug cartel.
Elsewhere in another drug crackdown, Mexican marines captured 19 alleged members of the Zetas drug cartel at a ranch that was being used as a training camp in the town of Colombia.
Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Durango, and Chihuahua have recently been rocked by extreme violence, as the Zetas drug cartel battles with the Gulf cartel and other rivals for control of the region.
It is believed they were dumped by a drug cartel fighting to control illegal deals in the city.