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Internet Makes Drug Traffickers Hard to Catch, DEA Says

The Internet and cellular telephones are making drug traffickers harder than ever to catch and the job will only become more difficult as technology develops, a U.S. anti-drug official said on Thursday. Messages in Internet chat rooms, where drug smugglers in Latin America can arrange cocaine deliveries in London or Berlin, are almost impossible to intercept and cellular phone text messages cannot be tracked by authorities, Mark Malcolm, intelligence analyst at the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, told an international drug conference in Lima. “We are at a great disadvantage because we cannot intercept text messages or instant messaging. The only real possibility is by using undercover officers, who put their lives at risk,” Malcolm told delegates. Cocaine smuggling to Europe is on the rise as cartels find new ways to evade authorities, shipping drugs via Africa, according to European anti-drug officials. Latin American authorities also concede they are no closer to beating the drug trade because of a lack of resources and intelligence. Full Story

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