A soldier stands inside a raided pawn shop while under investigation for money laundering in Tijuana November 25, Treasury put Grupo Collins on a black list insaying the firm supplies a small drug cartel in western Mexico with chemicals needed to make methamphetamines. To put that in perspective: Mexico probably made more money in moving drugs than it did exporting oil, its single biggest legitimate foreign currency earner.
From toovermurders were reported in Mexico. How did the situation in Mexico escalate to this? Marijuana has not always existed in Mexico. The Controlled Substance Act of made the plant illegal and initiated the increased flow of marijuana from Mexico to the US.
The major entrance of the U. Initial counter-narcotic efforts by the U. Our initial focus of attention was along the Florida coast. The theory of the kingpin strategy was that if the Mexican government could cut the head off of the DTO, the organizations would die. Instead, however, the actions were similar to battling the Lernaean Hydra, an ancient Greek mythological creature: When one head was decapitated, two more would replace the severed head.
Before his arrest, he was listed as the 63rd most powerful man in the world. Like any well-established corporation, the DTOs in Mexico have diversified their operations from the trafficking of illicit narcotics to kidnapping, extortion, and confiscation of oil.
But actions speak louder than words. Dumping large sums of money into solutions that have provided no relief will only weaken the current state.
Mexico has few good options. This essay is an unofficial expression of opinion; the views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of West Point, the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or any agency of the US government.The journalist Ioan Grillo goes inside the hyper-violent drug cartels of Latin America in an except from his new book Gangster Warlords.
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The growth of the drug trade and the dramatic uptick in murders in Mexico has to be seen as a consequence of the changing economic environment enacted by neoliberal policies. NAFTA helped to consolidate the central role of the drug trade in the Mexican economy and provided the cartels with a poor, desperate, disposable and criminalized workforce with no human or civil rights.
The Mexican drug war has killed as many as , people. But there's an economic cost to drug violence, too.
And though it's dropped over the past five years, it's still an immense one. The. The drug war has a dual function: an economic one to make profits for the narcocapitalists at the top of the drug chain and the drug war military industrial complex, and an .
The Mexican Drug War (also known as the Mexican War on Drugs; Spanish: guerra contra el narcotráfico en México) is an ongoing, asymmetric conflict between the Mexican Government and various drug trafficking syndicates.