How Math Could Destroy the Drug Cartels

The War on Drugs is futile because although killing drug kingpins makes headlines it does little to actually, you know, curb drug use or violence. Best to just end it now and figure out a new approach to the whole problem.

Now, some authorities want to use network analysis to disrupt the cartels by discovering the unknown legal people providing cover and assistance to the gangs — often police or governors bribed by the cartels. The theory goes that by taking out the links, it’ll make it harder for cartels to conduct business.

While this approach won’t bring down the cartels, it could curb the violence that sprouts in the wake of a kingpin’s demise as rivals battle for turf. Of course, Latin American presidents could push for the world to legalize drugs, so there’s always that approach.

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