Bribes, Bullets, and Intimidation: Drug Trafficking and the Law in Central America

Paperback | June 5, 2012

byJulie Marie Bunck, Michael Ross Fowler

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Bribes, Bullets, and Intimidation is the first book to examine drug trafficking through Central America and the efforts of foreign and domestic law enforcement officials to counter it. Drawing on interviews, legal cases, and an array of Central American sources, Julie Bunck and Michael Fowler track the changing routes, methods, and networks involved, while comparing the evolution and consequences of the drug trade through Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama over a span of more than three decades. Bunck and Fowler argue that while certain similar factors have been present in each of the Central American states, the distinctions among these countries have been equally important in determining the speed with which extensive drug trafficking has taken hold, the manner in which it has evolved, the amounts of different drugs that have been transshipped, and the effectiveness of antidrug efforts.

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Bribes, Bullets, and Intimidation is the first book to examine drug trafficking through Central America and the efforts of foreign and domestic law enforcement officials to counter it. Drawing on interviews, legal cases, and an array of Central American sources, Julie Bunck and Michael Fowler track the changing routes, methods, and net...

Julie Marie Bunck is Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville and the author of Fidel Castro and the Quest for a Revolutionary Culture in Cuba (Penn State, 1994).Michael Ross Fowler is Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville. Together with Julie Marie Bunck, he is also the author of Law, Pow...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 10 × 7 × 1 inPublished:June 5, 2012Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271048670

ISBN - 13:9780271048673

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Exploring Central American Drug Trafficking

1 Central America and the International Trade in Drugs

2 Belize

3 Costa Rica

4 Guatemala

5 Honduras

6 Panama

Conclusion

Table of Cases

Selected Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“This well-researched book makes a praiseworthy contribution to the literature on drug trafficking in Central America. It will appeal to academics, policy-makers and students, as well as researchers and activists who are interested in international security . . . and Latin American studies.”

—Kai Chen, Bulletin of Latin American Research