narco-state narco-state

Definition(s):

  • (n) an area that has been taken over and is controlled and corrupted by drug cartels and where law enforcement is effectively nonexistent

Usage(s):

  • In the mean time, Southeast Asia's largest narco-state continues to thrive.

News

  • Crooked Mexican mayor gets 11 years for money laundering

    A crooked former Mexican governor was sentenced today to 11 years in the slammer for using American banks to launder $17 million in bribes he pocketed through a stunning corruption scheme that turned his territory into a “virtual narco-state.” Mario Villaneuva helped the notorious Juarez drug cartel funnel massive amounts...
    on June 29, 2013     Source: New York Post

Quotes

  1. "It is time for some new thinking to ensure that Afghanistan does not fall into a failed narco-state status and become, once again, a safe haven for al-Qaida," wrote Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, the top Republican on the House Foreign...
    on Feb 7, 2007 By: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Source: Washington Post

  2. McCaffrey calls that "a drop in the bucket compared to what was spent in Iraq and Afghanistan ( $700 billion to date). We cannot afford to have a narco-state as a neighbor."
    on Jan 12, 2009 By: Barry McCaffrey Source: Earthtimes (press release)

  3. Richard Holbrooke, Obama's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said last year (when he was not in government service) that "breaking the narco-state in Afghanistan is essential or all else will fail."
    on Aug 27, 2009 By: Richard Holbrooke Source: Reuters

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