drug cartel

Definitions of drug cartel
  1. noun
    an illicit cartel formed to control the production and distribution of narcotic drugs
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    examples:
    Medellin cartel
    a drug cartel in Colombia; controlled the production of cocaine from the 1970s until 1993 when the leader was killed
    Cali cartel
    a drug cartel that seized control of cocaine production in Colombia in 1993; adopted techniques used by terrorist organizations (small cells and sophisticated communications equipment and close ties with politicians etc.)
    type of:
    cartel, combine, corporate trust, trust
    a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service
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