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Mexican Drug War Presentation

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Nurlan Cerborino

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By Nurlan Cerborino
Mr. Humenik The Mexican Drug War What Is The War About? The U.S Justice Department considers the Mexican drug cartels the greatest organized crime threat to the United States. During the first 18 months of Calderon's presidency, the Mexican government has spent about $7 billion in the war against drugs. While seeking partnership from the United States, Mexican officials point out that the illicit drug trade is a shared problem in need of a shared solution. U.S authorities report a spike in killings, kidnappings and home invasions connected to Mexico's cartels. Between 2009 and 2010 around 92 Americans were killed in the dispute. Multiple killings have lead the United States Department of Homeland Security to consider using the National Guard to stop the spread of drug violence in the U.S. Since most of the financing for the Mexican traffickers comes from American drug consumers, it is vital for both the U.S and Mexico to cooperate and stop the drug cartels influence in the country. The Mexican Drug War is an ongoing armed conflict among rival drug cartels fighting each other for regional control and against the Mexican government forces. The government's primary goal has been to put down the drug-related violence that was raging among dueling drug cartels before any military intervention was made. The Mexican government has claimed that their focus is on dismantling the powerful drug cartels, rather than on drug trafficking prevention, which is left to the U.S. Given its geographic location, Mexico has long been used as a staging and transshipment point for narcotics, and illegal immigrants destined for U.S markets. Mexico has supplied alcohol to the United States throughout the duration of the prohibition of alcohol, and the onset of illegal drug trade with the U.S began when the prohibition came to an end in 1933. Towards the end of the 1960's, the Mexican cartels started to smuggle drugs on a major scale. Although Mexican drug cartels and drug trafficking organizations have existed for several decades, they have become more powerful since the end of Columbia's Cali and Medellin cartels in the 1990s. The Mexican drug cartels now dominate the illicit drug market by controlling 90% of the cocaine that enters the United States. Arrests of key cartel leaders, mostly in the Tijuana and Gulf cartels, have led to the increase of drug violence as cartels fight for control of the trafficking routes into the United States.
An estimation made by analysts shows the wholesale earnings made from illicit drug sales range from $13.6 to $49.4 billion annually . Facts Mexico has one of the highest kidnapping rates in the world, an average of 70 people are abducted each month
More than 1,100 guns found discarded at Mexico's shooting scenes were traced to Texas gun merchants in 2007
One of Mexico's most notorious drug kingpins, Joaquin "shorty" Guzman, escaped a maximum security prison in 2001 by driving out in a laundry truck
A drug cartel hood names "The Cook" dissolved the bodies of 300 victims in acid as part of work he committed for crime bosses
In the past year, Mexico's civil drug war has claimed some 6,300 lives
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