Colombia’s drug mafias shift bases to Mexico: Official

January 26th, 2009 - 7:37 am ICT by IANS  

Bogota, Jan 26 (IANS) Colombia’s drug mafias have shifted bases to Mexico after their networks busted in the country, EFE reported.Colombia’s National Police Chief Gen. Oscar Naranjo said the drug trade’s “centre of gravity” has shifted to Mexico after Colombia tightened its grip on drugs cartels in recent years.

He said the country’s powerful Norte del Valle drug cartel network has been busted and Colombia would now help Mexico to end its drug crimes.

Naranjo said: “Colombia is no longer a major supplier of cocaine in the world market. The country supplies 54 percent of the demand. The rest comes from Peru and Bolivia.”

“What is important is to ensure that the new generation does not see a resurgence of drug activities in the region and war on drug must continue till the end,” he added.

Colombia has fought 30 years to end the illegal drug trade in the country, the report said Sunday.

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