Drug trafficking, the act of selling and distributing substances which are subject to drug prohibition laws, is one of the largest of the Illicit Trade categories in the world. Drug trafficking has particularly severe implications because of the vast illegal profits it generates: an increasing estimated 400 billion dollars a year. In several drug production and transit regions, criminal groups undermine state authority and the rule of law by fueling corruption, compromising elections, and hurting legitimate economy. In all cases, criminal influence and money are having a significant impact on the livelihoods and quality of life of citizens, most particularly the poor, women and children.
Drug trafficking - and the money-laundering that goes with it - is directly tied to a range of other criminal activities and the general growth of these activities over the past 25 years stems largely from the greater opportunities that financial deregulation and globalization provide.
Obscure border crossings like this are notorious smuggling transit routes that grant easy access into the European Union.
Vice-Chairman Jim Fuda and Board Member Myrle Carner learn of Afghan drug smuggling routes from Slovenian Police Commanders.