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While most drugs are smuggled into the U.S. in trucks from Mexico, oversees shipping represents a proportion of the total drugs trafficked into the country. According to the Department of Justice, these goods arrive in small self-submersible vehicles (mini-submarines) or large container ships, concealed in rarely-checked bins among legitimate cargo. Smaller amounts are sometimes transported on fishing or recreational boats or stowed away by passengers or crew on cruise ships. According to a report released by the Woodrow Wilson Center, Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s tough anti-trafficking tactics forced some Mexican drug trafficking organization to move their operations to the Caribbean and transport their product by sea.

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The Latin American Program report "Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in the Americas: Major Trends in the Twenty-First Century," written by Bruce Bagley, can be read in full here.