The American Empire in a Changing World


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Gold replaces coca for Colombian mafia

From Deutsche Welle

''Illegal mining, with serious environmental consequences, has replaced coca cultivation as the main source of income for the Colombian mafia. Millions have been thrown out of their homes as a result.

The Colombian drug mafia is looking for new business interests. In eight of the country's provinces, illegal mining has replaced coca farming as the main source of income for organized crime. Mines are proving lucrative - the worldwide financial crisis has kept the gold price high for years, which makes it well worth mining.''

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