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From the OED Word of the Day

narcokleptocracy, n.   DRAFT ENTRY June 2003     

Brit. /nkklptkrsi/, U.S. /nrkoklptkrsi/  [< NARCO- + KLEPTOCRACY n. Cf. slightly later NARCOCRACY n.

    An elite or dominant group of people whose wealth derives from the trade in illegal drugs and other organized criminal activities; a government dominated by such a group. Cf. NARCOCRACY n. 2.
 
  1981 Newsweek 23 Nov. 79/1 Together they form what one diplomat calls a 'narcokleptocracy' reaping a fortune from cocaine and other contraband. 1989 Los Angeles Times (Nexis) 15 Aug. II. 7/1 As the U.S. Senate's subcommittee on terrorism, narcotics and international operations reported in mid-April: 'Panama's democracy has been stolen' as Noriega presides over the hemisphere's first 'narcokleptocracy'. 1995 Chicago Tribune (Nexis) 2 July C2 It's a term..transplanted from the narcokleptocracies (cabals of cops, pols, law enforcers in cahoots with drug dealers) of South and Central America.

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