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AP: Colombia DEA Chief Discusses Targets

Big criminal gangs specializing in the cocaine and heroin trade, crushed by the government with U.S. help, have spawned what the new top American drug agent in Colombia calls “baby poisonous snakes” — microcartels specializing in individual sectors of the narcotics business. “The head of the mother snake was chopped off…but now we have to chase the baby poisonous snakes, which can be…just as venomous,” David Gaddis told The Associated Press. In his first interview since taking over the Drug Enforcement Administration’s operations in Colombia at the turn of the year, Gaddis said many smaller criminal cells — subcontractors of a sort — have taken control of phases of the drug business once handled as a whole by the huge Medellin and Cali drug cartels. “In many cases it is specialized, another one of these evolving dynamics you see in the industry,” Gaddis said in the interview Tuesday. Full Story

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