• Joan Foltz, www.alsekresearch.com
CHANDLER, Az – Accelerating national coverage of the violent drug wars expanding across the border into Phoenix could impede Arizona’s economic come back.
In December, National Geographic ran a special “Narco State” that portrayed the drug related violent crimes in Phoenix as surpassing El Paso’s. The CNBC financial news channel picked up on the airing as an alarming development, which was repeatedly mentioned throughout their broadcast. In February, the LA Times started a series, “The Heroin Road” that identified Phoenix as a main staging area for heroin trafficking across the country.
The increase in national attention labeling Phoenix as the capital of kidnappings, human trafficking, and drug cartels could impact the next phase of the region’s economic turn-around if it becomes a prominent factor for companies and people considering relocation to Arizona.
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