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Cartels in Latin America ‘Have Gotten More Powerful’ — Expanded Beyond Drugs to Trafficking People

During an interview with CNBC on Tuesday, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Commander Gen. Laura Richardson said that transnational prison organizations in Latin America haven’t solely elevated their energy, however have “diversified their portfolio” past drug trafficking into human trafficking and unlawful mining, logging, and fishing.

Richardson said, [relevant remarks begin around 10:05] “I would say that the transnational criminal organizations or TCOs as we call them have gotten more powerful, and they’ve diversified their portfolio. So, they’re not just trafficking drugs. It’s humans, it’s illegal mining, illegal logging, illegal fishing. And about $300 billion annually in revenue that this generates. And so, trying to work with our partner nations and we work together as a team to identify this malign activity and then expose it and then to let law enforcement finish. And so, again, increasing national security and protecting countries and our own homeland in the United States.”

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