What happens when it becomes more costly to conduct narcotics-trafficking operations in Mexico due to a government crackdown?
A new report says that drug smuggling in Central America is rapidly increasing rates of deforestation.
Remote forests in Honduras and Guatemala are being cut down to facilitate landing strips for the transportation of narcotics.
The scientists believe the influx of drug cash encourages ranchers, timber traffickers and oil palm growers to expand their activities.
But according to the researchers, the importance of the area as a route for trafficking has increased significantly over the past seven years after acrackdown on the narcotics trade in Mexico.
This prompted drug traders to move their operations into more remote areas in countries like Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Source: BBC News
Answer: You move operations elsewhere. Unfortunate but true.