The Players in the Cocaine Game: An investigative look at the dealers, suppliers, and enforcers

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The Players in the Cocaine Game: An investigative look at the dealers, suppliers, and enforcers

From the third world of many South American countries, to the third street projects in the inner-city, to the third floor of a downtown luxury loft, cocaine is prevalent and being used. The business of the coca leaf is a billion dollar a year industry, if not more. Our foreign counterparts are profiting in full off of the drug. Mexico, Peru, and Colombia are some of the countries in Central and South America that are profiting and manufacturing cocaine.

“Today's wholesale cocaine industry operated by Mexico's cartel is a $30 billion per year business -- a figure that easily outstrips revenues reported by giants like Ford, General Motors,
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We take action as though it is our duty and responsibility to discipline and regulate the happenings of other countries, all of this in the name of liberty and democracy. So if we are such a powerful and influential country than why can we not eradicate the influx and use of cocaine in our own country?

Through my research I have found our involvement in the drug world follows the same theme that seems to recur with our government and their policies. We talk a good game that formulates a structure and a well-worded policy that appears to be in the best interest of American citizens and foreigners alike. However we also aid these countries. The problem doesn’t lie within our policies or the simple compassion from our government that drugs hurt our society. The problems occur with those that implement and enforce these policies. Cocaine and its market cannot be eradicated. The efforts of many of our political leaders have been futile because of the supply and demand of the product. In 1989, President Bush had a plan that he called, “The cheapest and safest way to eradicate narcotics” (Menzel pg.43). The result was the following,
Despite the spending of some $350 million in a supply-sided interdiction and eradication focus in the Andes, saw coca production increasing some 7,000 mt since 1987. In addition some 2,496 cocaine related deaths or about five times the number reported
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