SAN DIEGO (CBS) — The majority of cocaine smuggled into the U.S. every year is being shipped through Mexico and is the most likely source of increased violence along the southern California border, according to a new report released this week.

A report by the Rand Corporation shows drug syndicates have developed new shipment corridors to keep their trade booming despite anti-trafficking efforts by the federal government.

KNX 1070’s Chris Sedens reports the study also pinpoints which South American nations are the biggest suppliers of the drug.

While U.S. efforts have disrupted traditional smuggling routes through the Caribbean, much of the supply headed for the States now comes from Colombia, Peru and Bolivia before being shipped through Mexico.

Additionally, the trade is fueling more unrest and violence along the U.S.- Mexico border in what the study calls a “wholesale breakdown of basic civility across the country”.

The report shows that drugs are now being smuggled in smaller shipments, which allows traffickers to spread the risk and better weather enforcement efforts.

In the past, if a big shipment was intercepted, traffickers were out of drugs — but now if one shipment is caught, there are nine others that will likely still get through.

Comments (3)
  1. The Messiah says:

    Cocaine? I always thought it was the demand for rice and beans…So all this time those crazy mexican cartels have been making money off cocaine? Wow. This is some good work by the journalist that figured this out…LOL

  2. Rick says:

    Merely Charlie Sheen’s deilvery service!

  3. lee says:

    it is rice and beans they probly put the cocaine on top for some extra kick LOL

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