I've said it before, but it is worth saying again:
This author's take -- Narco-terrorism is functionally indistinguishable from purely political terrorism; it is in fact one of the mechanisms by which terrorists fund and enable their activities. Furthermore, the techniques and operational capabilities of narco-smuggling are perfectly transferable to the needs of political terrorist organizations.
An even better take -- The always superb Douglas Farah, on the shortcomings of the latest National Drug Threat Assessment from the U.S. National Drug Intelligence Center.
It is time to wise up about this.