The news follows the high-profile arrest in May of Rocco Morabito, the fugitive suspected leader of Italy's 'Ndrangheta mafia, in a US-Brazilian operation. Pandemic lockdowns have catalysed supply-side innovation and new distribution arrangements in cocaine markets. Successful international operations to disrupt markets are being offset by such innovation and by accelerating drug violence.
- Recent 'takedowns' of transnational crime networks will trigger power struggles.
- Record European seizures of Latin American cocaine will see suppliers seek more secure shipping routes and more reliable import partners.
- European states will press Colombia on more development-focused responses to coca cultivation; US emphasis will remain largely coercive.