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NCJ Number: 120968 Find in a Library
Title: Havana's Virtue Miami's Vice: The Geopolitics of Cocaine
Journal: International Journal on Drug Policy  Volume:1  Issue:2  Dated:(September/October 1989)  Pages:10-12
Author(s): E Drucker
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 3
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Miami, along with Los Angeles, anchors the political economy of cocaine in the United States; but unlike Los Angeles, Miami is the undisputed domain of the producer nations.
Abstract: Latin culture, language, and history dominate Miami's finances, banking, real estate, municipal administration, and law enforcement. All come together in Miami to do essentially Latin American business. The recent revelations about the involvement of top-ranking Cuban officers in cocaine trafficking help to complete a picture of the geopolitical character of the drug trade and reaffirm the capacity of the cocaine trade to penetrate every political arrangement and bend human affairs to its own purposes. Ideology, national boundaries, and political loyalties are often secondary to the economic enticements of the cocaine trade. The offer by the cocaine barons of Colombia to repay the national debt in exchange for the ability to operate freely came close to being accepted by a government which can barely maintain sovereignty in the country. Likewise, in Peru, the neo-Maoist Sendero Luminoso insurgency has made an alliance with Andian cocaine producers and local growers to get capital sufficient to acquire heavy weaponry and seize control of 50 percent of the nation, virtually isolating Lima, its capital. 5-item bibliography.
Main Term(s): Cocaine; Drug smuggling
Index Term(s): Cuba; Florida; Peru
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