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Drug cartels rule Mexico

Mexico has lost the war against drug cartels. Mexican drug traffickers are the largest suppliers of heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin and Fentanyl, a more powerful synthetic opioid than heroin to the North American continent. Cocaine, produced in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, also passes safely through Mexico. The tens of billions of dollars that this brings to the cartels, every year, open all the doors, both north and south of the Rio Grande.

The largest current cartel remains Sinaloa, the "historic" organization, formerly headed by the famous "El Chapo" Guzman, arrested and extradited to the United States. The organization maintains strong international networks. The other cartels are Jalisco, the rising challenger, Juarez, the long-standing rival cartel of Sinaloa, based in the central state of Chihuahua, on the border between New Mexico and Texas, the Tamaulipas cartel, Los Zetas or the Beltran-Leyva Organization. From all these cartels can emerge new leaders, more ambitious, more cruel, ready to pave with dead bodies their ascension towards power.

The cartels corrupts judges, police, politicians and civil servants to neutralize official measures decided by the governments against them. In the late 80s, Mexican gangs were able to replace the Caribbean gangs, severely affected by police operations, to introduce Colombian cocaine into the United States.

President Calderon declared war on cartels in 2006. During his six-year tenure, he called the army to replace local corrupt police. Twenty-five of the thirty-seven most wanted gang leaders in Mexico were neutralized. But this strategy has merely changed the organizations of traffickers. They have multiplied, crumbled, and have become more difficult to identify. The rivalries between these new gangs have resulted in increased violence in the streets. Criminal organizations using kidnappings to supplement their income, a hundred mayors were killed in just ten years, 2006 and 2016.
President Pena Nieto, who took office in 2012, had no choice but to continue to resort to the Mexican Army because he could not use the police. Forty-three students disappeared in the City of Iguala in 2014, in the state of Guerrero. The local police, themselves, had handed them over to drug traffickers, following orders from the mayor corrupted by the gang! The scandal, highlighting the widespread corruption of politicians and police, triggered protests across the country. The peasants set up self-defense militias, the Todefensas, to do the job and restore order in the cities. These militias have become irreplaceable in several states, such as Guerrero, Oaxaca or Michoacan. But their shift towards organized crime worries observers.

The United States, as usual, has communicated a lot about their actions, spending millions of dollars on ineffective programs. They sent UAVs and CIA agents to form a highly corrupt Mexican federal police force... Now, with President Donald Trump, they will resort to their usual tactics: withdrawal. Having made immigration and border security a priority, Donald Trump will stop spending his taxpayers' money, set up an increasingly tight border, leaving Mexico and the Mexicans to cope with their tragedies. That might be the best thing that could happen to democratic Mexico.

source : Cannabisinfos

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