Architectures, spaces, and territories of illicit drug trafficking in Colombia and Mexico
El pasado 2 de marzo fue publicado en el Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal. El documento titulado “Architectures, spaces, and territories of illicit drug trafficking in Colombia and Mexico”, un trabajo de investigación realizado por Juan Pablo Aschner, de la Universidad del Rosario y Juan Carlos Montero, de la Tecnológica de Monterrey.
This research applies an interdisciplinary approach to the bidirectional relationship between illicit
drug trafficking activities (specifically, cocaine and opioid trafficking in Colombia and Mexico) and
the architectures, spaces, and territories in which they are located. Certain spaces that determine
or are determined by the actions of drug trafficking organizations are described, analyzed, and
classified based on various methodologies and the use of academic, official, and press information.
In addition, case studies are reconstructed using architectural and geographic representation
mechanisms to exemplify and illustrate the main arguments. The paper examines the three stages
of activity that constitute the illegal drug economy: production (involving the placement of crop
fields and laboratories), distribution (which entails exploitation of mobility infrastructure), and crosscutting activities in relation to drug trafficking support spaces. The research provides an articulated
interpretation of the various drug trafficking activities from a spatial perspective, the characterization
of spaces that are important to criminal organizations and to the performance of their activities, and
insights into the spatial thinking strategies and tactics associated with drug trafficking.
Lee el documento completo aquí: https://bit.ly/3dytpMW