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With over 30 years working as a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent, Michael Vigil has an extensive understanding of illicit trafficking networks.  The former DEA Chief of International Operations shared with The Cipher Brief how drug trafficking in Latin America must be addressed–or risk being a destabilizing force for Latin American and the U.S.

The Cipher Brief: Although illicit networks are global phenomena, Latin America seems to be a particular hotbed for organized criminal groups.  Where in Latin America are the groups most prevalent?  What has allowed them to emerge at such a large rate? 

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