The FARC, the Taliban and Drugs
Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield said drug-trafficking organizations have aligned with political and ideological movements in recent decades.
He cited the followers of Osama bin Laden and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia as examples. Brownfield said that although the two groups don’t exist for drug trafficking, it can no longer be considered separate from their political and ideological goals.
And the reason for this is quite simple: drugs, especially with black market prices in place, are an excellent way to fund armed groups.