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The arrest of the brother of a prominent public figure on drug charges has sparked a media furor in Argentina, placing the issue of drug trafficking and organized crime at the top of the public agenda.
Statistics released on drug sales investigations and drug seizures in Argentina and Mexico suggest both countries are experiencing a boom in microtrafficking -- a side effect of transnational drug trafficking and a creator of violence.
Argentina has approved the creation of a special unit to facilitate the fight against drug trafficking as the government looks to tackle the rapid evolution and growing sophistication of the country's drug trade.
Officials in Argentina have expressed concern over high levels of drug consumption and rising drug violence in the north and central regions, as the country's local markets continue to flourish amid drug trade expansion.
Argentina's defense minister has acknowledged the country is now a drug producer, an admission that underscores the increasing strength of the drug trade, as violence rises in major production and distribution centers.
Death threats issued to journalists in Argentina by a drug gang in Mendoza follow an intimidation tactic used by major cartels throughout the region, indicating the methods of local groups may be increasing in intensity as the drug trade continues to take deeper root in the southern cone nation.
Seizures of ecstasy tablets in Buenos Aires increased 2,900 percent between 2011 and 2013, in what could be a sign that the country's growing domestic market for synthetic drugs is leading to a migration of production from Europe to Argentina.
Argentina's defense minister has rejected the possibility of deploying the military to combat the growing problem of drug trafficking, a wise move given the nature of country's underworld and criminal networks.
Nearly half of the murders that occurred in the first 26 days of January in Rosario, Argentina, were committed by hired assassins, a sign for many that the drug trade is embedding itself deeper in the country's pores.