Combating Mexican Drug Cartels

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Battling Mexican Drug Cartels Introduction What are federal law enforcement agencies doing to combat the powerful Mexican drug cartels that are making billions of dollars smuggling drugs into the U.S.? This paper focuses on the response that U.S. officials and law enforcement agencies have made to attempt to slow the flow of dangerous drugs across the border, and to cut into the leadership of the cartels. Mexico is Awash in Blood from the Cartels How bad is the violence in Mexico? An article in the peer-reviewed journal Foreign Affairs, reports that since 2006 "…nearly 50,000 Mexicans have died in drug-related homicides" (Bonner, 2012, p. 2). And notwithstanding the fact that the majority of these killings result from "cartel-on-cartel" violence, there had been widespread and "unremitting kidnapping, extortion, and bloodshed" in Mexico, which has seriously damaged its tourism industry and in many instances this violence has occurred along the border with the United States (Bonner, p. 2). Any close examination of the violence in Mexico quickly uncovers the fact that there is a market in the U.S. for the drugs that cross the border especially cocaine, but also for heroin and meth and the cartels are competing with each other to fulfill the demand for cocaine. Infiltrating Drug Cartels & Laundering Cartel Profits Meanwhile, there are signification actions that are being taken by the U.S. The New York Times reports that American law enforcement agencies have been
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