Covid 19: bringing out the worst kind of enforcers after lockdown

Ruthless Colombian cartels are executing those who break their coronavirus lockdown rules.

Armed groups have introduced their own bloody system of “justice” and quarantine in regions where infection rates are out of control.

The worrying news was revealed by experts from the campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW).”

Colombian cartels executing people who break coronavirus lockdown

Timeline of Colombian cartels:

The virus has seriously thwarted their trade, here are some extracts from the article linked below:

“Coronavirus is dealing a gut punch to the illegal drug trade, paralyzing economies, closing borders and severing supply chains in China that traffickers rely on for the chemicals to make such profitable drugs as methamphetamine and fentanyl.

One of the main suppliers that shut down is in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global outbreak.

“The godfathers of the cartels are scrambling,” said Phil Jordan, a former director of the DEA’s El Paso Intelligence Center.

‘Cartels Are Scrambling’: Virus Snarls Global Drug Trade

And how drugs spread Covid 19 en route:

Source: UNODC World Drug Report 2010

How Does Illegal Drug Money Affect the Economy?

Currently, we are experiencing fundamental changes to the global economy, and some economists believe that the era of Western economic supremacy is drawing to a close. As this transitional phase continues, we are likely to see radical changes within the drug trade. The current trend towards legalising and regulating the world’s most valuable cash crop – cannabis – may be an aspect of this fundamental change.”

In Kenya, Africa, policing in poor areas during  curfew has resulted in violence and deaths.

“Another man, 26, from Mombasa’s Mwangulu area in Lungalunga, said that on April 2 police stormed into his compound at around 7:20 p.m. and beat him with whips. He had just stepped out of his house to go to the latrine within his compound when police started beating him, saying he had violated the curfew by being outside at that time. He was injured on his back, hand, and neck.”

Kenya has been a hotspot for criminal drug crime:

WAR ON DRUGS: Kenya, the Forgotten Hotspot of the Heroin Trade

Three years ago the above report emphasises the seriousness of the drug problem in Kenya. Here is an extract:

“Undeniably, Kenya is a major trafficking hub for drugs. It also has a growing consumption problem. Those interviewed for this report detailed a number of approaches that can help defeat traffickers and trafficking: Detect, deter and interdict. It needs strengthening of the country’s data collection systems, international co-operation, effective border controls, and law enforcement.”

About borderslynn

Retired, living in the Scottish Borders after living most of my life in cities in England. I can now indulge my interest in all aspects of living close to nature in a wild landscape. I live on what was once the Iapetus Ocean which took millions of years to travel from the Southern Hemisphere to here in the Northern Hemisphere. That set me thinking and questioning and seeking answers. In 1998 I co-wrote Millennium Countdown (US)/ A Business Guide to the Year 2000 (UK) see
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