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How the Globalization of Mexican Business Helped Spread Crime

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Oct 23, 2018 | 05:30 GMT
A Mexican Army expert in protective gear displays crystal meth paste at a clandestine laboratory near la Rumorosa town in Tecate, Baja California state, Mexico on Aug. 28.

Crystal meth paste on display at a clandestine laboratory near la Rumorosa town in Tecate, Baja California state, Aug. 28. Criminal enterprises often use established commercial trade routes and infrastructure for the transit of illicit goods, including drugs, and it's starting to hurt the Mexican economy. 

(GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico's burgeoning economy has enabled criminal elements to grow in symbiosis, utilizing the country's transport infrastructure to expand volume. But the tendrils of organized crime are now damaging the host. ...

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