In a Pandemic, Who Will Pity the Poor Drug Cartels Losing Money and Risking Detection?

Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op

NEWS In a pandemic, who will pity the poor drug cartels losing money and risking detection? Drug cartels are losing millions of dollars amid coronavirus-related lockdowns and safety measures By Angela Stelmakowich It’s tough for criminal syndicates to realize the fruits of their illicit labours when lockdowns and hyper vigilance are putting a damper on regular trafficking and money laundering efforts. / Photo: ByoungJoo / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Though the situation is unlikely to inspire any tears, it seems drug cartels operating in the U.S. are losing lots of cash because of COVID-19. Too bad, so sad.

It’s tough for criminal syndicates to realize the fruits of their illicit labours when lockdowns in cities and towns, coupled with hyper vigilance at borders, are putting a damper on regular trafficking and money laundering efforts.

Criminals are actually facing a double-whammy in this regard. Less day-to-day activity on the street means it is easier for law enforcement types to spot suspicious behaviour.

“When there’s less hay in the haystack, it’s easier to find the needle,” Bill Bodner, a member of the Los Angeles field office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), told NBC News.

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