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Drug Rehab in Florida: The Miami Cocaine Trade

Addicts can make lasting recoveries with drug rehab in Florida, but the state is still a hub of narcotics trafficking and gang violence. Despite the advancements made in treatment, massive amounts of cocaine have been flowing through Miami for over forty years. These constant shipments of drugs make it even more difficult for Florida’s addicts to get clean. In order to help people attending drug or alcohol treatment in Florida, residents of the sunshine state need to understand the history of their drug problems.

Colombian Cartels

Most of the cocaine that flows through Miami goes through Colombian traders first. Product grown in Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia is harvested and sold to these powerful and brutal gangs. They use a variety of methods to then ship the product throughout South American and up into Florida.

The cartels often cooperate with Communist guerillas in central and South America. In exchange for money, weapons, or other resources, these terrorist organizations help to smuggle cocaine across international and intercontinental borders. Pablo Escobar – the leader of the now-defunct Medellin Cartel – was one of the first dealers to use this strategy.

Other cartels have actually used the American and Colombian legal systems to their advantage. For instance, the rise-to-power of the infamous Cali Cartel was due in large part to its cooperation with law enforcement agencies. Cali leaders aided in the hunt for Pablo Escobar, which crippled their competition. They later employed powerful lawyers in the United States to evade arrest and prosecution for their ongoing drug trafficking. Some people even suspect that Cali operatives still operate large parts of the Colombian trade from their jail cells.

Miami’s Drug Lords

The Miami drug trade began mainly with marijuana in the 1960s – a time when psychedelic drug use was becoming increasingly popular. Cannabis continued to be the main drug import until the early 70s, when dealers began making far greater profits by shipping and distributing cocaine. Cocaine dealers cooperated with organized crime syndicates in extremely complex operations to ship their product with boats and low-flying planes. A 2006 film called Cocaine Cowboys even portrayed the intricacy with which these drug lords used high-tech radio equipment and beachfront properties to avoid getting caught. Ironically, Miami’s economy boomed during this time due to drug money being spent at legitimate businesses.

The Popularity of Cocaine

A large part of the cocaine trade’s success in the 1970s and 80s was its widespread popularity in American high society. It became the drug of choice among movie stars, business executives, and crooked politicians – and they were all willing to pay exorbitant prices for large supplies. In fact, a 1977 Newsweek story even promoted cocaine use, saying that it was the ideal substance for good hostesses to pass around at parties. This attitude has lessened over the last twenty years, but it still exists. The prevalence of cocaine addiction among successful people shows that drug rehab in Florida is necessary for people for people of all walks of life to get clean.

Recent Progress

Fortunately, the cocaine trade is shrinking in power and popularity. Recent reports show that Colombia’s cartels are shrinking in power, and that drug trafficking contributes much less to the country economy than it used to. The last decade has seen more than a fifty percent reduction in Colombian cocaine farming, as well as a similarly large decrease in violent crime. While large portions of the drug trade have simply shifted to Central American countries, Miami dealers are not as readily able to move that product into the United States.

International drug cartels have helped to cause skyrocketing rates of drug abuse in the United States, but addicts still have hope for lasting sobriety. If you’re suffering with a drug problem, call the number above now for an immediate toll-free consultation. Our dedicated addiction counselors are standing by day and night to help you recover with Florida drug rehab program.

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