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Narco-state (also narco-capitalism or narco-economy[a]) is a political and economic term applied to states where policies are seen to collude and cooperate with the illegal drug trade.

It has been argued in the Journal of Drug Issues that Tajikistan in the 2000s qualified as a narco-state.[2]

Guinea-Bissau, in West Africa, has been called a narco-state due to government officials often being bribed by traffickers to ignore the illegal trade.[3] Colombian drug cartels used the West African coast as Jamaica and Panama increased policing. The Guardian noted Guinea-Bissau's lack of prisons, few police, and poverty attracted the traffickers.[4] An article in Foreign Policy questioned the effectiveness of money from the United States, the European Union and the United Nations designated to combat the illegal trade.[5]

More recently ,Venezuela has been labeled a narco-state ,due to the relations beetween some venezuelan government officials to drug cartels and criminal factions all over latin america,for example ,the current vice president of venezuela Tareck el Aissami has been accused of supporting drug trafficking and helping mexican drug cartels ,since 2017 he is banned from entering US .[6] The nephews and sons of venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro are also being accused of finacing drug trade and in november 2017,USA's UN ambassador Nikki haley accused Venezuela of being an 'dangerous narco state'.[7]

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  1. ^ The terms are standard words with the prefix "narco-", defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "associated with the trade in illegal drugs".[1]


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