By weight, 86 percent of heroin that entered the United States in 2016 was of Mexican origin, according statistics from the Drug Enforcement Administration.“After 9/11 we shut down the border. When we shut down the border, drugs didn’t come in,” Bennett said. “If you shut down that border, if you close it off, if you build a wall, it can have a real and profound difference.”
Officials in Mexico believe the tide of laundered money could be as high as $50bn per year, a sum equal to about three per cent of Mexico’s legitimate economy — more than all its oil exports or spending on key social programmes. Internationally, money laundering represents between two and five per cent of global GDP, or between $800bn and $2tn annually, according to the UNODC.
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