Medellin Cartel Case Study

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Moving about 70-80 tons of cocaine on a monthly basis, the Medellin kingpins had more money than they could spend. In an effort to maintain their assets in low profile, the Medellin Cartel relied on the Ochoa brothers to use their pre-existing contacts to help them launder their money . As the Ochoa brothers had years of experience as a crime family, they were able to greatly assist their associate by investing their partner's profits. With their massive fortunes, the kingpins of Medellin came to lead more than a simple narco-trafficking group as they rapidly became business owners, landlords, bankers, owners of sports teams, philanthropists, and public figures. Regardless of their efforts, the incoming money was still far too much to launder and in…show more content…
This is best illustrated by the fact that by late 1980's the Medellin kingpins, Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria, José Rodríguez Gacha, and the Ochoa brothers were all listed on Forbes Magazine as some of the world's richest men with wealth estimates of over $20 billion dollars . Moreover, the Medellin Cartel revolutionized cocaine production by controlling all aspects of drug trade from its production to its vending, a system which has not been successfully implemented in a large scale since the days of the cartel due to its difficulty and high risk . Most notable of all, the Medellin Cartel's global influence gave rise to a new drug revolution heading into the 21st century. Particularly in Mexico, the Medellin Cartel's former associates became the roots of some of the most powerful and dangerous cartels in the world, turning Mexico into a narco battlefield. Therefore, although long gone, the impact of the Medellin Cartel is still observed today as the famed cartel gave rise to a drug war that is still well active

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