Narcoterrorism | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction

Narcoterrorism is a term used to describe the use of violence, intimidation, and other forms of terrorism in conjunction with drug trafficking operations.

It refers to the use of terrorist tactics by drug cartels and other criminal organizations to protect and expand their illicit drug operations.

Narcoterrorism is a particularly insidious form of crime because it undermines the rule of law and threatens the stability and security of entire regions. Drug cartels may use violence, threats, and corruption to intimidate government officials and law enforcement agencies, making investigating and prosecuting drug crimes difficult. They may also use their profits from drug trafficking to finance other criminal activities, such as arms trafficking, human trafficking, and money laundering.

Narcoterrorism can have devastating consequences for communities affected by drug trafficking and violence. It can result in increased levels of crime, corruption, and political instability and can undermine economic development and social progress. As a result, combating narcoterrorism has become a priority for many governments worldwide, who are working to disrupt drug trafficking operations and dismantle the criminal networks that support them.

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Last Modified: 03/10/2023


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