The Cartel as Corporation

September 4, 2009

“Don’t look at Chapo as a narcotics trafficker. He’s a diversified, multinational businessman,” says Edgardo Buscaglia, a U.S.-born academic who follows the drugs trade.

Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel is more than just a band of drug dealers. They’ve actually evolved into an international corporation with their hand in many other illicit trades, such as prostitution, human smuggling and even the production of bootleg CDs and DVDs. The proceeds of their illegal activity is also heavily invested in all kinds of licit business, from home construction to agriculture. Their money goes everywhere and creates ever more streams of revenue.

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