As far as I am aware no organised criminal gang including Chinese Triads, the three different Mafias, India’s O2, the Japanese Yakusa, Yardies, Columbian Cocaine dealers has access to large container ships and cargo planes, so the question is who does?
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, all keep figures and have armies of Dr Alf’s to do the number crunching, so the figures are available.
A look at the geography is instructive, as is the history.
Drugs from Afghanistan have increased in quantity twelve-fold since the toppling of the Taliban, in 2001, and AI and technological development is going to eliminate 50% of American jobs by 2033. Perhaps this is coincidence?
I tend to think that getting people to poison themselves with drugs is a way to ensure that their jobs, if they have one, can be eliminated, thus doing away with any necessity to retrain people or create jobs.
A war will eliminate more people and generate money for its funders, and with Donald Trump pressing his generals to say that Iran is not complying with their nuclear agreement we can see the seeds of confrontation apart from sanctions on Russia and sabre rattling in the South China Sea.
We know from HSBC that drug money is in the banking system to the point where some financial institutions cannot do without it.
Whether the will is there to stop the flow of opiates is therefore questionable as can be seen by comparing the Singaporean approach to drug dealing with the one in America.