Sr. Reporter: DTO, TCO and cartel — what’s in a drug-war name?


The discussion about what to call drug-trafficking groups is taking some interesting turns.

In recent weeks, at least two others have weighed in on the question of what you call the groups that move illegal drug from points south into the United States. (You may recall this was the topic of a blog item and a story I wrote in recent weeks) Should you call them Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs), Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) or cartels?