Cocaine Cartels

Technically, a cartel is a group of producers that collude to shrink the volume of a commodity, thereby increasing the price of the commodity they produce. Although the term cocaine cartels is widely used, it is likely a misnomer. Especially in more recent years, cocaine cartels are not as organized as popular opinion believes them to be; therefore, it is a stretch to argue that cocaine producers “collude.” The more accurate term to describe these organizations is drug trafficking organization or DTO; but the term cartels is used because of its common usage.

Social Organization of Cocaine Cartels

Cocaine cartels began to operate in the 1970s as a result of economies of scale in the drug trade. Cartels usually purchase coca grown in isolated regions of Bolivia, ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles