The Evolution of Narco-Cartels into Narco-Insurgencies

    Dec 14, 2022


    Welcome to The Opioid Matrix: A Journey Into The Rabbit Hole. By this time next year, the US is on track to pass over 200,000 unintentional Fentanyl overdoses. The problem is that the cartels of the ‘80s to metastasize into “Super Cartels.”


    Join us as we discuss:

    • The rise of the super cartels
    • Is there a difference between cartels and insurgency groups?
    • What does the fallout of the competition between cartels look like?
    • How narco-chemistry has evolved more addictive drugs than ever before




    Views expressed in this material are opinions of the host and the guest, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rigaku Analytical Devices.

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    Michael W. Brown is the global director of counter-narcotics technology at Rigaku Analytical Devices. He has a distinguished career spanning more than 32 years as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Most recently he was the DEA Headquarters staff coordinator for the Office of Foreign Operations for the Middle East-Europe-Afghanistan-India. Prior to that he served as the country attaché in India and Myanmar providing foreign advisory support for counter narcotic enforcement. He also spent 10 years in Pakistan as a special advisor to the US Embassy on various law enforcement issues. Michael is a graduate of the United States Ranger Training Battalion and has a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Technology and Management from the University of Eastern Michigan.

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