Perhaps especially in Central America, the corrupting effects of the drug trade have hobbled civic institutions that were already weak — the police, the judicial system — and now pose a direct threat to the viability of entire states.
“It’s very alarming,” says Eric Olson, associate director of the Latin America program at the Wilson Center in Washington. “I think everybody recognizes there are tremendous risks of state capture.”
In other words: government of the drug lords, by the drug lords, for the drug lords.
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