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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.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) terrorism funded by the sale of illegal drugs
[C20: from narco- + terrorism]
ˌnarcoˈterrorist n, adj


(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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Our governments prolonged failure to secure the border has had severe consequences, including creating a humanitarian crisis and contributing to the rise of dangerous narcoterrorist organizations that have exacerbated our nations heroin and opioid epidemic, said Senator Tillis.
In June 2012, Venezuelan-Lebanese dual citizens Abbas Hussein Harb, Ali Houssein Harb, and Kassem Mohamad Saleh and several Venezuelan and Colombian companies were sanctioned by the US Department of the Treasury for their role in Joumaa's narcoterrorist operation.
23) The Quispe Palomino clan, headed by brothers Victor and Jorge (aliases "camarada Jose" and "camarada Raul"), recently demonstrated their ability to recover quickly from military blows to their organization by reasserting control over key drug routes shortly after sweeping arrests of suspected narcoterrorist actors.
These points are important, because nearly everything McGovern has done concerning Colombia has undermined that country's progress against, and arguably aided, the narcoterrorist group.
1) Yet narcoterrorist activities in Mexico pose a danger to hemispheric security.
20) The narcoterrorist phenomenon, as epitomized by FARC in Colombia, is merely the most obvious example of insurgent criminal behavior as groups including al-Qa'ida have become involved in a wide range of illegal enterprises, including arms trading, dealing in counterfeit goods, money laundering, and migrant smuggling.
It reads: "Violence by narcoterrorist groups and other criminal elements continues to affect all parts of the country, urban and rural.
The narcoterrorist organizations operating primarily out of Colombia are spreading their reach throughout the region, wreaking havoc, and destabilizing legitimate governments.
General Barno's report is said to warn that Taliban holdouts could join forces with drug traffickers, creating an Afghan version of Colombia's narcoterrorist FARC.
There never was a benign explanation of why two IRA explosive experts using false passports were wandering around in the Colombian jungle with known members of the narcoterrorist guerrilla group Farc.
In the meantime, however, it suffered serious penetration from the Cali cartel, that was, according to intellectuals and officials, "narcotrafficker but not narcoterrorist.
Colombia's forty million inhabitants and its democracy are under assault by three narcoterrorist groups; the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), National Liberation Army (ELN) and the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC).