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NCJ Number: 127036 Find in a Library
Title: Cocaine Dilemma in South America (From Latin America Narcotics Trade and U.S. National Security, P 59-72, 1989, Donald J Mabry, ed. -- See NCJ-127031)
Author(s): R W Lee III
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Greenwood Publishing Group
Westport, CT 06881-5007
Sale Source: Greenwood Publishing Group
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P.O. Box 5007
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United States of America
Type: Survey (Cross-Cultural)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of the main economic and political aspects of the cocaine industry in Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru emphasizes that each country's cocaine problem is different and that the prospects of controlling cocaine trafficking within the source countries are not particularly promising.
Abstract: The cocaine industry is well entrenched in South America. The industry's broad constituencies include corrupt officials, people who sell goods and services to traffickers, and beneficiaries of drug traffickers' welfare programs, as well as the people who are directly involved in some phase of the trafficing cycle. In addition, although concern about cocaine is growing in South America, governments and publics still do not see drug trafficking as a survival issue comparable in importance to unemployment, inflation, the general economy, and subversion. In fact, political elites often view antidrug campaigns with apprehension, because these campaigns can cause economic hardship and create new challenges to government authority. Therefore, the emphasis of United States drug enforcement policy must be on reducing demand and focusing especially on education, prevention, and treatment programs.
Main Term(s): Cocaine
Index Term(s): Bolivia; Colombia; Drug law enforcement; Drug law offenses; Peru
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