This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[No, the Russian who hired them to kill Plato (not knowing that they chose to set the underground "warehouse" on fire with jet fuel) had previously made a deal with a crooked DEA agent who still had a bit of a conscience. The agreement was to leave the "product" underground and never to attempt distributing it. Which the Russian readily agreed to because he had loftier dreams and plans..... (hide spoiler)]
Richard Scott Jewels worth more than meth and easier to sell. Worth it to remove Plato from their ability to move Jewels for more cash.
Philip Higgins I think you know the answer really don't you (book 14 out of 20)? If you want the specifics, you're just going to have to read the next like the rest of us Reacher junkies. That's the deal buddy, take it or leave it!