US and European banks launder $1 trillion in drug money each year. Drug money has become a relevant part of the Wall Street machine. Recently, HSBC bank was caught moving $1 billion in drug money. Were the criminal executives jailed? Of course, not. Why? Because, the legal system is there to control the poor, not regulate the rich. HSBC paid a fine and moved on, likely repositioning itself, like the other major banks that launder drug money.
—  Peter Joseph, American independent filmmaker and activist