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Drug Traffickers Blow by the US, Head for Euros

Drug traffickers now join rappers and models who have been ditching the dollar for the more exquisite euro.

White House drug officials announced this week that cocaine is being rerouted from the US and heading through Venezuela to West Africa eventually reaching its final destination — Europe.

With such a weak dollar, drug dealers have more to make by hustling in the Old World. Meanwhile, reports of cocaine use are up in Europe, and down in the US. Sounds like there will be some major blowouts in the discothèques this summer.

Of course drug enforcement officials credit the US war on drugs. Bush's drug policy director says successful control of US-bound routes in Mexico and Columbia are squeezing suppliers into Venezuela. The US alleges that Venezuela, a political adversary, acts as a cocaine safe haven, and is doing nothing to stop the drug trade.

Can Europe be more successful in convincing Venezuela to come down hard on the drug trade? Is a drop in cocaine use a benefit of a weak dollar and economy in general?


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terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Thank God I only take pills now.
Meike Meike 9 years
Heh. It is easier to move around Europe when the borders are so open. Maybe Venezuelan traffickers just got smarter with its distribution.
janneth janneth 9 years
Finally we can stop worrying about the strength of the dollar.
BeautyXRush BeautyXRush 9 years
Amy Winehouse must be excited. Haha JK!
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
LOL Cabaker you are funny.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
lol Liberty! Everybody in a mile radius of the guy in the suit's gotta be high. :pimp: I'm a little skeptical that either the weak dollar or the administration's drug policies are responsible for a decline in cocaine use. I'd have to see what trends look like in other drugs. If all drug use is down across the board in the US, then I might be able to buy the administration's position. Or, if cheaper drugs are on the rise and more expensive drugs are trending down, then the weak dollar might explain that.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
I say good for them! Let them go where they get the most value for their product! However, why do we even have a war on drugs? We'll never ever win it. We have alcohol and tobacco which are legal drugs - they are harmful and addictive, just like marajuana... it's a pointless war.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
So what's a dimebag worth now? Is that like 20 euros or pesos or ... can someone please get me some heroin?!
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
THIS is one way to fight the war on drugs...
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
i have some friends who are going to be VERY sad to hear this news.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
The guy in the suit's gotta be high.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Kinda off-topic but that pix looks cool. :P
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
It was actually in Foreign Policy...always get those two mixed up!
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Drug use ebbs and flows and drugs rise and fall in popularity. The Drug Warlords like to take credit on the downswings and blame someone else on the upswings. There was an interesting (although not nearly indepth enough) article on the drug war in Foreign Affairs a while back. It seems to me like the big drug dealers are pretty smart about business and very in tune with markets and things like that.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Does burning coke or heroin cause pollution?
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