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June 12, 1999 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the Latin American nations that are the worst-case showcases of sinister drug cartels, the wealth, firepower and agility of the traffickers enable them to overwhelm almost every sector of society. Not only do drug lords finance guerrilla armies that have driven government forces out of large areas of Colombia, they have so warped social attitudes that hit men pray to their own patron saint before they go out to do a job.
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June 12, 1999 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the Latin American nations that are the worst-case showcases of sinister drug cartels, the wealth, firepower and agility of the traffickers enable them to overwhelm almost every sector of society. Not only do drug lords finance guerrilla armies that have driven government forces out of large areas of Colombia, they have so warped social attitudes that hit men pray to their own patron saint before they go out to do a job.
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