The Cartel pretty much runs Bolivia. El Sueño is a very dangerous man and his hunger for money leads him to bring the cartel the place where there is lots of coca. He has bribed the goverment which gives the cartel the freedom to do anything they want. They also have the local military, Unidad, on their payroll.
Equipment and Personnel Edit
Since the Cartel is powerful, they have vehicles such as Humvee's equipped with mini-guns and Armored Personnel carriers, and even employ some helicopters. Their equipment is modern, but is not on par with the Ghosts and Unidad. Most of the personnel working for Santa Blanca seem to be former mercenaries.