The Medellin Cartel

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The Medellin Cartel: The Significance of the Cocaine Trade between the Columbia and the United States Are you familiar with the name Pablo Escobar? Most people are. It has become a household name all over the world, but most people do not really understand who Pablo Escobar really is. I am about to tell you. Pablo Escobar is often described as "the world's greatest outlaw." He was the leader of the Medellin Cartel, "an organized group of drug suppliers and smugglers who originated in the city of Medellin, Columbia." (March 28, 2011. ) The Cartel worked mainly in parts of Latin America, the United States as well as Canada, and parts of Europe as well. According to Cristin O: "the Medellin Cartel is said to have controlled roughly eighty percent of the shipments that entered into the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic with shipments brought mostly from Peru and Bolivia, as Colombian coca was initially of substandard quality. Escobar’s product reached many other nations, mostly around the Americas, although it is said that his network reached as far as Asia." (O, Cristin. "A History of the Medellin Cartel." April 16, 2010. April 15, 2011. ). It is safe to say that the Medellin Cartel was very influential all over the world. Diab 2 Pablo Escobar once said: "There are two hundred million idiots, manipulated by a million intelligent men." That is exactly what Escobar did; he manipulated, bribed and killed the people around him to get to where he wanted to be and was very successful in doing so. "The success of the Medellin Cartel was beyond expectations. During the peak of operations the Cartel brought in more than $60 million per day"(March 28, 2011. ) and the total money made by the Cartel was in tens of billions, possibly hundreds of billions of dollars. Most of the Medellin Cartel's success is because of

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