Bribes, Bullets, and Intimidation
Drug Trafficking and the Law in Central America
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Penn State University Press
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This book is the product of many years spent studying the international drug trade in Central America. As we canvassed court records and newspaper accounts and spoke to scores of public officials and others, we amassed considerable debts to many helpful individuals. ...
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Exploring Central American Drug Trafficking
This book explores one distinctly understudied aspect of the international drug trade: the experiences of “bridge countries,” that is, states that may neither consume nor produce sizable amounts of illegal drugs but that lie on favored paths carved out between centers of production and key consumer markets. ...
Chapter 1: Central America and the International Trade in Drugs
As drug exports from South America initially gathered momentum in the late 1970s, criminal syndicates favored air and maritime routes through the Caribbean, including transshipment via the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica. In the early 1980s, however, responding to bloody struggles among cocaine traffickers contesting market shares, ...
Chapter 2: Belize
British novelist Aldous Huxley wrote what became perhaps the single most oft-quoted statement about Belize, formerly British Honduras: “If the world had any ends, British Honduras would certainly be one of them. It is not on the way from anywhere to anywhere else. It has no strategic value. ...
Chapter 3: Costa Rica
For some years Costa Rica represented the paradigmatic Central American state: the first, for instance, to grow coffee and bananas with commercial success. Over time, however, the country has proceeded down political and economic paths unusual for the region. ...
Chapter 4: Guatemala
Marked by deep and wrenching divisions from the Spanish conquest forward, Guatemala has differed strikingly from its Central American counterparts, postcolonial Belize and newly developed Costa Rica, with their relatively peaceful histories and solidly democratic regimes. ...
Chapter 5: Honduras
In certain respects Honduras has long typified Central America, with personalistic political leaders—some dictatorial politicians and some military strongmen—and an economy heavily dependent on bananas and other agricultural exports subject to the vicissitudes of international commodity markets. ...
Chapter 6: Panama
For all of the trafficking elsewhere in Central America, Panamanians certainly might claim to live in the most important transshipment location for criminal groups moving drugs to North American and European markets. Yet, once again, the profile of Panamanian society differs in interesting respects from those of its neighbors. ...
The time has come for a summing up. In exploring the trade in drugs in Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama, the preceding chapters have aimed to answer the fundamental questions we initially posed concerning drug trafficking and the law in Central America. What conclusions might be drawn, then, from the record …
Index of Cases
Index of Names
Page Count: 488
Illustrations: 8 maps
Publication Year: 2012
OCLC Number: 836848825
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