The inventory stock for Mexican and Colombia drug cartels was depleted substantially by government raids on their warehouses over the last week.
Last Friday Mexican federal police seized nine tons of pot from two underground warehouses as reported by The Associated Press.
And on Tuesday Colombian army troops seized four tons of cocaine from a storage center as reported by Global Post.
The seized cocaine belonged to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) which finances its armed insurgency against the Colombian government through illicit profits from the drug trade but as the parties negotiate a truce an increasing number of the FARC rebels are selling their interests in production facilities to the Sinaloa cartel as reported by Fox News Latino:
The sale of the so-called drug trafficking franchises marks a move by the Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán into the production of cocaine. Mexico's cartels had previously relied on processed cocaine to be transported to the country from various points in South and Central America.
The Obama Administration and Federal Trade Commission have not yet commented on whether the Sinaloa cartel's apparent move in vertically integrating the supply chain in the cocaine market violates any U.S. antitrust laws.