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For the last half-century Latin America has have been deeply involved with the foreign trade and production of drugs primarily cocaine The dominant economic player in this market is the highland country of Colombia which has produced some of the most powerful and fearsome drug cartels to date Through struggles between rival cartels one cartel has evolved into the predominant force and emerged in the 90s as the most powerful drug cartel in the world The Cali Cartels aspects of distribution organization involvement in government corruption and overall control of the market has made it infamous throughout the world Though in recent years its ability to maintain control is waning with increasing US intervention and opposition from other governments In the 1980s the Colombian drug trade was at an all time high At the forefront of the market was the Medellin Cartel lead by Pablo Escobar Under the leadership of Escobar the cartel turned into the fiercest and most brutal force the Colombians faced In efforts to control this epidemic the Colombian government cooperated with the smaller Cali Cartel in its battle against the Medellin Cartel Cali provided intelligence to the government forces seeking to eliminate Escobar As a result of helping the Colombian government defeat the Medillin Cartel and gun down Escobar Cali replaced them as South Americas principal supplier of cocaine Cali begins the cocaine trade by purchasing cocoa leaves from Bolivian Peruvian and Colombian farmers After it is processed into powdered cocaine in secret jungle labs the cocaine is moved from the surrounding Amazon jungle to the points of initial distribution in Colombia The center of the Cali drug trade is in the third largest city of Colombia Cali The strength of Calis distribution depends on two aspects of its trade the initial exportation of the cocaine to the international markets and the internal networks within in these countries they sell to The vast majority of the cocaine is destined
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