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21. Posted by i c e (Respected Member 326 posts) 2y

Quoting CheersT

I think you highly exaggerate the amount of potential ground transport commerce that would exist via Panama/Colombia.

Also, drugs into the US instantly tripling?! No way... the major cartels don't smuggle that much by individual vehicles anymore, it's too easy to detect the contraband, especially between South America and the US. Large quantities go via container ship, rail, in those cute Colombian coke submarines etc... much easier to get lost in the flow...

In any case time will tell, nothing ever stays the same...

Cheers,
Terry

Submarines have not been in use there for years. I think you seriously underestimate how many drugs are potentially coming out of Colombia. Hundreds of millions of dollars. Have seen what's happening in Mexico? Guess where all that crack comes from? It's absolutely tragic.

Anyways. I really hope the ferry doesn't cost an arm and a leg. It'd be so fun to take some day. Some day.

First one to do it. Please post here with details. :)

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Jan-2014, at 17:39 by i c e ]

22. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 2y

Ice, I never downplayed the amount of drugs coming out of Colombia. I only said I think you seriously overestimate how much a single, easily controlled highway would impact the drug flow. Trying to steadily smuggle large quantities of contraband on one lone highway with nowhere to hide doesn't make a lot of sense. Check stops are so easy to implement.

Also, don't know where you got the idea that the subs haven't been used for "years." Who told you that? The DEA claims there are at least 40 working for the Colombian cartels and even more for the Mexicans. Maybe they're lying or exaggerating?

Cheers,
Terry

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