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The Grasp Drugs Have on Colombia The paper is going to examine the effect and extent to which drugs have a grip on the country of Colombia This subject runs deep into the Colombian culture and effects a huge range of people People all the way from the President clear down to the farmerpeasant Drugs and drug trafficking are part of the every day society the economy and severely tangled in the political structure The first and largest problem is that of Politics The Colombian government is wrought with corruption The endemic corruption that undermines the drug war is rooted in the high profits that make it a rational choice for government officials and police and military officers whose low salaries cannot compete with traffickers bribes Bertram Blachman Sharpe Andres p170 These bribes are often used by drug dealers to buy legislators In 1995 several congressmen the attorney general and the presidents campaign advisor were indicted for accepting drug money for their cooperation It is hard to truly speculate today how many government officials are actually on the payroll of the drug cartels Officials can make anywhere from 5000 to 70000 and beyond to just turn their heads and look the other way This bribery has seeped its way through all levels of anti-narcotic forces as well This is to say that those who are there to fight the problem arent fighting at all and are even profiting from it On a large-scale one drug lord by the name of Jose Gonzalo Rodrigues Gacha was said to have spent millions of dollars to pay of an entire army brigade At the present time the main question is what can be done to change the government and make it legitimate In the past there have been many attempts to regulate the drug cartels Most of these have had a very bloody to say the least result An example of this was August 18 1989
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