“‘Peru Could Become a Narco State’: Official”
From David Gagne, – In Sight Crime, 4/27/15
A high-level government official has said Peru is at risk of becoming a narco-state, a questionable claim that nevertheless reflects the apparent deep penetration of drug trafficking groups into the country’s politics.
In an interview with newspaper Peru21, Congresswoman Rosa Mavila said that drug planes move about 1.5 tons of cocaine out of Peru‘s coca-growing hub — a region known as the VRAEM — every day. “You can understand why this might merit the label ‘narco-state,'” she said.
Mavila heads a congressional commission that investigates links between politicians and organized crime. In later comments in the same interview, she clarified that she does not think that Peru is currently a narco-state, but is at risk of becoming one in the future. Politicians are typically co-opted by organized crime at a local rather than national level, she added.