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Secret Code Words Of Drug Cartels

Updated 29 Oct 2018 5.7k views12 items

Drug cartels, purveyors of illicit substances, have a series of codes that they use in order to get around the law. While many of the code words are in Spanish, they essentially take on a language of their own thanks to the oblique nature of their use. Many of the cartel codes have to do with drugs, but they have just as many that concern guns, death, and when and where they’ll be doing business on a specific day. 

Thanks to drug enforcement agencies, the internet, and shows like Narcos, cartel slang is becoming more well known. The inherently illicit nature of cartel culture means the slang words have to keep evolving so members stay one step ahead of everyone else.

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