This article specifically focuses on the drug trade in Colombia. It examines the shift Colombia has made from being a producer of marijuana, to producing cocaine, then becoming a producer of heroin. It examines where the profits of the drug trade have gone as well as how everyone has been affected by the drug trade.
Wellen, Russ. “Foreign Policy In Focus | Colombia’s Role in International Drug Industry.” Foreign Policy In Focus | Home. 1 Nov. 1999. Web. 30 June 2010. http://www.fpif.org/reports/colombias_role_in_international_drug_industry
This lengthy report thoroughly explains the Latin American drug trade. It examines the links between different countries and their relationship with the consumers, primarily Americans. It examines the three main U.S. antidrug programs in Latin America: Plan Colombia, Mérida Initiative and Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. While all of the report is interesting, I suggest focusing on pages 5-12 if interested in a background on the drug trade in Latin America. Complete with graphs and figures, this report is extremely well laid out.
Seelke, Claire Ribando. Wyler, Liana Sun. Beittel, June S. “Latin America and the Caribbean: Illicit Drug Trafficking and U.S. Counterdrug Programs”. Congressional Research Service. 30 April 2010. 28 June 2010. http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R41215.pdf
This article summarizes the danger that many journalists face when attempting to research drug trafficking. It outlines the dangers that are posed by attempting to gather information on the gangs which frequently violently attack journalists. This article provides an alternate angle of the drug trade, which is the danger that is faced by attempting to research it.
Lauría, Carlos. “Drug Trade, Violent Gangs Pose Grave Danger – Committee to Protect Journalists.” Press Freedom Online – Committee to Protect Journalists. 10 Feb. 2009. Web. 7 July 2010. http://cpj.org/2009/02/drugs-violence-press-latin-america.php