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- "We have an invisible empire. From Chile, to Alaska."
- ― Franz Sanchez.
The Sanchez Cartel are a Latin-American criminal organization based in Isthmus. Led by ruthless cocaine baron Franz Sanchez, the cartel features prominently in the 1989 movie Licence to Kill as well as John Gardner's novelization and the 2012 video game 007 Legends.
The Sanchez Cartel is a Central American drug empire based in the Republic of Isthmus. Leader Franz Sanchez rules over it from a luxury estate in the city, protected by an army of henchmen and controller of the banana republic's President, Hector Lopez, whom he installed purely as a personal puppet. The cartel bribed, intimidated or killed most of the city’s officials and expanded throughout the Americas.
Primarily pushing cocaine, Sanchez flies his drugs out into international waters to a rendevous with the ship Wavekrest, where the narcotics are excanged for cash. They are then smuggled into Florida by Milton Krest under the guise of a mock marine research foundation expedition. Once inside the United States the drugs are then sold for huge profits.
The Cartel has many capital assets such as the Isthmus Casino, Banco de Isthmus and the Olympatec Institute. The latter, being a cover run by Professor Joe Butcher as a mental healing and meditation centre, though secretly holds the drug manufacturing and distribution labs.
Known members and associates