Nicaragua Compared to Its Neighbors

While the primary focus of the video is how Nicaragua has pretty much avoided the drug-related crime its neighbors are mired in, the presentation will be particularly useful for people who want a glimpse of what it's really like here. While the narrative focuses on the drug crime issue, most of the video content shows you scenes and people that are pretty typical.

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Drug Violence in Nicaragua

is not rampant, because the of the Socio-Economic problems of the country. Large Gangs have probably concluded that Nicaragua is not a potential large enough market for their drug trade, therefore the relative peace! Once it becomes a market, Violence will rise. It does not mean that Nicaragua does not have Drug related Violence, it does, but it is not related to local trafficking (Trade) as much as it is related to Transport (Trafficking between Countries). People involved in large scale news worthy drug violence tend to be mules. There is however small scale crimes due to local drug selling activities, but it is not Much compared to Jane and Finch, for example (if anyone is familiar with Toronto), south side Chicago.


yeah, compared to the other Cent. Amer. countries where violence is rampant, but Nicaragua has it's share of violece as well, albeit less than it's northren neighbors but those countries are gang infested. The expose ended on a very pessimistic note saying that Nica violence is on the rise, time will tell and you can't stop tine, so we'll find out how violent or non Nica gets. I would like to be optimistic and think the status quo will remain the same, i.e. "RELATIVE TRANQUILITY".

I think

that 5 or 10 years from now we will look at this time as the "good old days". On the individual level, drugs are irresistible to people with addictive personalities, bad friends, or bad luck. On the societal level, the drug trade is just too much money to resist. Part of Nicaragua's charm is that it lives in a time warp, but that won't last for ever. Noriega in Panama managed the drug trade to keep it to a minor level. Maybe the Sandinista overlords can do the same.

``The government is clearly Marxist. The question is whether it is Karl or Groucho``


With Ortega and his men in for 5 more years, we have a chance. Along with the ex military VP and a seasoned Police Chief.

One reason aid money will still pour in; Nicaragua is still producing good results in big busts. As long as they keep that up, the US has to support the effort and pay for the program. It's their war.

It will mean a proactive approach and more military/police checkpoints and operations. (Like Mexico before it all went pear shaped).

Big drug busts

are just for show. they have to have them once in a while to keep Nicaragua off the Sh.. list, but the reality is that there is much more that goes through Nicaragua with the help of those who are making the big busts (and quick drug burns). You just have to travel to right places to see it happening.

i respectfully disagree....

i enjoy both of your posts. but in this instance, i don't see President Ortega enacting long term pro-growth policies. Without that, i don't see a large enough population with disposable income to make the drug trade attractive for drug gangs to move in.

"Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'sir' without adding, 'you're making a scene." -Homer J. Simpson


I'm not sure cocaine can compete against rotgut liquor or glue in a country where the cheapest price for anything, including the price of getting shit-faced, rules the marketplace. Guatemala, whose standard of living is comparable, has become a killing-ground for gangs seeking to control the trans-shipment of cocaine from Latin America to the USA. Nicaragua is becoming a major node and supply depot for the same routes.

I believe that Ortega and his advisors are determined to stamp down hard on the drug trade and will continue to do so in future. Ortega is terrified that drug gangs will become so strong that they challenge his monopoly on organized violence.


And Che, I was thinking more about the trafficking through Nicaragua not the use in-country. So I may have diverted the post a bit with my comments.

If you perceive yourself

the salvation of your country and the greatest thing since sliced bread, you don't want any competition. Especially competition that will make more money than you and pay its minions more than you can.

``The government is clearly Marxist. The question is whether it is Karl or Groucho``

I suggested that once on here...

And was shot down by a former frequent poster.

It's a management issue and each CA divisional manager (President) runs the project (War on Drugs) his or her way whilst buying into and producing results that satisfies the overall corporate philosophy.

One division may not like the way the other does it and that way may not work for their division anyway.

In simple terms its; "Don't make me come down there from Head Office (Washington) and do the job for you and no, you can't have a bigger budget!"

Keep the results coming and if you get caught not following policy then you will have to deal with that as it happens.

Meanwhile, thanks for the results, the CEO is happy for now and you all made your bonus.

I wish it was this simple

The problem is that parts of "the head office" want different things. Just ask Celi Castillo, former DEA agent who now rots in federal prison because he thought the idea was to stop the flow of drugs. Or what happened to one manager (Manuel Noriega) once he didn't do what the ex-CIA head/later president wanted.

I could go on and on but the point is that if the goal was to eliminate the flow of illegal drugs from South America to the US, there are lots of options from real use enforcement in the US to legalization. The managers in Central America just come up with how to run their piece of the game (I mean business) so they can maximize their local profit yet not piss off the CEO.

Domino Effect

13th December 2011

A gang of Nicaraguans, Guatemalans and Hondurans were arrested as a result of two police operations. It all started with “Operation Domino” and the seizure of well over 700 kilos of cocaine on the Granada – Masaya Highway and the subsequent arrest of seven members of a drug trafficking gang.

That catapulted “Operation Tranque” into effect which consisted of 30 raids (3 in Granada, 16 in Rivas and 11 in Managua) which netted 12 others and identified another 30 individuals. As of last weekend, 19 people from Rivas, Granada and Managua stood accused of international drug trafficking, organized crime and money laundering. The other 30 are still at large. Police seized over 15 properties belonging to the gang as well as a total of 34 vehicles, motorcycles, guns and livestock. Police say that the gang purchased properties, farms, formed various businesses as well as operated hotels, agricultural businesses and transport companies.