NPR broadcast a story today on the drug trade which focused on the Central American countries through wich cocaine is transported to US and Canadian markets.
The governments of these countries acknowledge their efforts to stem the tide of traffic are in vain. The cocaine cartels are growing and their financial resources pale those of these countries, and they are gaining support from the local populace.
North America's appetite for cocaine is as voracious and gluttonous as ever and it is this that is funding the drug trade in the Americas.
"Countries once known as Banana Republics are fast becoming 'Cocaine Republics.'"
Central America's 'Cocaine Republics'
Today's was the first of a three-part series.