By Sabrina Martín for PanamPost. Mexican cartels have long surpassed Colombian organizations in drug-smuggling and distribution operations in the United States, and continue to dominate these illegal markets, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).+

On November 4, the DEA released its 2015 Drug Threat Assessment, which provides a “comprehensive assessment of the threat posed to the United States by the trafficking and use of illicit drugs.” The report argues that Mexican cartels “pose the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States.”+

While Colombian organizations continue to supply “wholesale quantities of cocaine and heroin,” they send the shipments to Mexican and Dominican groups, who then assume responsibility for further transportation and distribution in the United States.+

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