Instability Due to Drugs in Central America Could Spread
The instability generated by drug trafficking in Central America could spread to South America, where Colombian pressure on the drug business has forced traffickers to move into Peru and Bolivia, General Douglas Fraser, Commander of U.S. Southern Command, told the daily Folha de São Paulo.
In an interview published on July 13, the general said that the United States is focused on the new criminal alliances that are promoting that activity in Mexico, where a fierce military struggle against drugs has been waged since 2006, leaving around 50,000 dead since then.
“That’s our focus. Crime brings instability in the Caribbean and Central America and can come down here,” the military leader told Folha de São Paulo during a lightning visit to Brazil.
Fraser stressed that the pursuit of drug traffickers in Colombia is pushing the traffickers into Peru and Bolivia. The three countries are the world’s largest cocaine producers, according to the UN.
“It’s a problem that no country can solve alone,” said Gral. Fraser.
On the other hand, he said that he has no evidence of possible Iranian activity in South America through its ally, the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, in the triple border area shared by Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay.
Nevertheless, Hezbollah “is involved in illegal financial activities (…), so we’re keeping an eye on them,” he added.