This story with Operation COCAIR III reminds me of the prevalent drug trade in Miami that became increasing public in the 1980s. For decades prior to the 80s the mafia ran the drug trade in Miami. It was it was under great investigation by the police but it was understood that the mafia ran the drug trade. Then, at the end of the 1970s, there was a shift in power. Globalization in Miami. Cubans, who would smuggle cocaine from South America, began invading on mafia territory and selling cocaine on the streets of Miami. Then on July 11 1979, the drug war finally went public with the “Dadeland Massacre.” Many civilians were killed in a bloody shooting in the Dadeland Mall. Miami would be changed forever by this incident and anew era in the war on drugs would emerge http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpU1mcPLBy4&feature=related. This event was a huge deal in Miami but it never reached a global scale. Cubans taking the 90 mile boat trip into South Florida is on a much smaller scale than Colombian and Mexican drug cartels jumping the Atlantic Ocean and expanding into West Africa then selling their drugs in Europe. This is truly a global operation; drug cartels are just as interested in globalizing their industry just as much as any Fortune 500 company.