Federal agents and local police officers raid a business in Los Angeles' fashion district on Sept. 10, 2014, as part of an investigation into alleged 'trade-based money laundering' by Mexican drug cartels. Authorities say the cartels use businesses to convert their narcotics profits into pesos.
"Value touches everything," an anti-money laundering specialist once said. This motto conveys the nuanced interconnectivity of supply chains, finance and politics. The "anti" in anti-money laundering is somewhat misleading as simple prohibitions in this area, for the most part, do not work. After all, liquidity often follows the path of...
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