April 21, 2012
Like other Central American nations,
international drug crime is threatening
The Drug Cartels Long March on El Salvador
Sierra Rayne -- Canada Free Press -- April 20, 2014
More than two decades after the civil war in El Salvador ended, the nation remains fractured --- a situation being worsened by increasing drug cartel presence and influence.
Tackling the cartel problem in Central America will be challenging. The drug cartelscommand annual revenues in the billions of dollars, which is greater than the individual GDPs of the small nations. While government officials claim that the cartels don’t yet have outright control over regions of El Salvador, others disagree. [...]
Mexican cartels are looking to buy army-grade weaponry in El Salvador
Now the Mexican cartels are looking to buy army-grade weaponry in El Salvador from police and military forces, including assault rifles, anti-tank grenades, rocket propelled grenade launchers, light anti-tank weapons, and shoulder-fired SA-7 anti-aircraft missile launchers, as well as smuggling them in from abroad. Gun buy-back programs are backfiring, since the gangs use the cash obtained for older weapons to just purchase newer, more advanced, systems...
Related: El Salvador murder rate up 44% as gang truce falters