U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of the “grave threat” posed by drug cartels that have used drugs like sympathizer and amphetamine-like drugs, even in the absence of a global ban.
“There are many countries around the world where they have used these substances,” Guterre said at a news conference in Mexico City on Tuesday.
“And we know that there is a risk that some countries have taken advantage of this.”
Guterres said he was concerned that cartels had been able to grow in countries like Mexico and Colombia, where the drug trade is lucrative.
Guterre, who has long criticized the U.K. government for its “unwarranted” and “dangerous” crackdown on drugs, said the United States should take a tougher stance on drug trafficking.
“The drug trafficking cartels and the cartels that are trafficking drugs in Europe, and the United Kingdom, are doing so in a way that is completely out of control,” Gatorres said.
“They are taking advantage of the weakness of the United Nations and its ability to put in place a global regime that is working to prevent and stop these terrible crimes from happening.”
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Secretary of State Antonio Guters.
(AP Photo/U.N.’s International Narcotics Control Board)The United Nations says drug trafficking is the second-biggest illicit market in the world, and is responsible for more than $5 trillion in global trade.
In the past, the United State has been slow to act against drug cartels, even as the world grapples with the rise of a resurgent opioid epidemic that has killed more than 3,600 people worldwide since last year.
“It is important for us to understand that the war on drugs has not ended,” Guters said, citing an uptick in illicit drug use, violence and the spread of the Zika virus.
“This has not stopped the spread and we have not stopped it.”
Guters said he will visit Mexico City this week to highlight how the world has “failed to stop” the drug cartels.
The United States is the world’s largest buyer of cocaine, with more than 7.5 million tons of cocaine and more than 4.5 billion kilograms of cocaine shipped annually.
The drug war has also pushed the death toll in Mexico and the Caribbean to record levels, with nearly 400 people killed in the country in 2017 alone.
Gutters office has been working on a draft resolution for the U