Follow The Money

Operation Green Ice breaks up the Cali cartel's financial network

"WE'VE PUT A SMART BOMB DOWN THE SMOKESTACK of the financial part of the Cali cartel's operations," said U.S. Deputy Attorney General George Terwilliger. ! The Desert Storm terminology seemed at odds with the central metaphor of Operation Green Ice, the international drug bust that broke up the complex financial infrastructure of Colombia's premier cocaine cartel. But the effect was at least as impressive. Law-enforcement officials from the U.S. and seven other nations coordinated an assault of unprecedented depth and scope on Cali's network of money managers and distributors. At week's end, more than 165 people had been arrested, including seven...

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