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Criminal Groups Flocking to Peru: Report

PERU / 12 NOV 2010 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

Peru’s cheap and bountiful cocaine supply is attracting criminal groups the world over, and these criminal groups are preparing for a vicious war, according to a report by the Peru21 website.

A kilogram costs $1,000 in the areas of production, the reports states, and can go for $150,000 in parts of Asia. Citing Rómulo Pizarro, the president of the National Development Commission of Live without Drugs, the article says there are three Mexican groups controlling most of Peru’s trade: the Sinaloa Cartel, the Gulf Cartel and the Tijuana Cartel. These groups have arrangements with Colombian groups as well, but Russian groups are waiting in the wings. The drugs are mostly leaving the country via water, the reports states, and sometimes from the clandestine ports. As much as 120 tons of cocaine are going to Europe from Peru, it adds. There are also indications that synthetic drug production, in particular methamphetamine and ecstasy, are on the rise. The result could be a violent war for control of this lucrative production and staging point.

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