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Terrorism carried out to prevent interference with or to divert attention from illegal narcotics trafficking.

nar′co·ter′ror·ist n.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) terrorism funded by the sale of illegal drugs
[C20: from narco- + terrorism]
ˌnarcoˈterrorist n, adj
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(ˌnɑr koʊˈtɛr əˌrɪz əm)
terrorist tactics employed by dealers in illicit drugs, as against competitors or government agents.
nar`co•ter′ror•ist, n., adj.
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Noun1.narcoterrorism - the financing of terrorist activities by participation in the drug trade
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
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His cartel embraces social media as a way to announce their presence - carrying out narco-terrorist attacks, beheadings and the dismembering of bodies, for the world to see.
His cartel embraces social media as a way to announce their presence -- carrying out narco-terrorist attacks, beheadings and the dismembering of bodies, for the world to see.
Instead of dealing with the Taliban, Afghans would face foreign contractors competing to carve out their own personal narco-terrorist fiefdoms.
Velasquez has maintained his support for billionaire narco-terrorist Escobar, who was shot dead by Colombian police in 1993, despite saying he regrets all the killings he carried out on his behalf.
He earned the title of narco-terrorist, and eventually died in a shootout in 1993, 16 months after escaping prison, at the age of 44.
-Combating illegal trafficking, narco-terrorist threats and TCOs through strengthening joint investigations, intelligence and information sharing, and S&T cooperation
"Filthy-rich drug lords, sociopathic narco-terrorist Zetas, corrupt Mexican politicians and law enforcement officials, even U.S.
"We are identifying the new routes that narco-terrorist groups are developing and operating between South America -- specifically Brazil and Argentina -- to the GCC region, mainly Qatar, with ramifications in the UAE," said Obdola, a former Venezuelan police commissioner, who now lives in Canada.
There are Latin America drug cartels, and narco-terrorist members and cells operating in Africa, Europe and Asia in close association with local and other international criminal and terrorist associates.
Throughout the period analyzed, it may be noted that the terms most often used to denominate terrorism are those that directly allude to the concept of terror: terrorism, terrorist, and narco-terrorist. In El Comercio, there are nearly 200 recurrences of these words, while La Republica features almost 250.
In September, Peruvian forces killed the second-most-senior military commander of SL in the VRAEM, "Comrade William," delivering a second blow to the narco-terrorist organization.