Drug Cartels in Mexico

2257 WordsMay 13, 201210 Pages
The Mexican drug cartels have been a cancer that has grown through out Mexico. Influenced by Colombian cartels, such as the Pablo Escobar’s Medellin and the Cali Cartel. In 2008, over 5,600 people were killed in Mexico; many were torture/or beheaded (Hixson, 2009). It has stretched from the border town of Tijuana all the way to the beaches of Cancun. Many people have been robbed, tortured, kidnapped, injured, and murdered through out the domestic drug war that is going on in Mexico. Police officers have been known to take bribes from different drug traffickers, which has given more power to the drug cartels. Even some politicians have been accused of being backed by particular cartels. Felipe Calderon, Mexico’s current President has taken…show more content…
Following the capture of Cárdenas Guillén in 2003 by Mexican authorities Los Zetas started to branch off from the cartel and began independently building capacity in the drug trade and violent crime in general, engaging in kidnapping, extortion, and killings (Kellner & Pipitone, 2010). Mexican drug Cartels have different ways of gaining money other then just distributing drugs, such as kidnapping which has recently become very popular. In early 2008, a wave of kidnappings spread across the state targeting the children of prominent businessmen (Kellner & Pipitone, 2010). For example in May 2008, Nicolás Martínez Reyes, the son of a wine supplier, was kidnapped from El Pescador del Pargo, a busy seafood restaurant in downtown Aguascalientes where he was dining with a group of friends. Martínez Reyes was held captive for 35 days. His kidnappers tortured him and cut off one of his fingers before his father agreed to pay the ransom (Kellner & Pipitone, 2010). The drug cartels have no boundaries to where they will go for money, these organizations seem to have no compassion. The police and public have tried to stand up to the cartels but have had no success (Kellner & Pipitone, 2010). For example a man named Gerardo Medrano Ibarra, who ran a family owned trucking business. When Medrano’s Business boomed after the North American Free Trade Agreement came into force, his trucks moved quickly in and out of United States because they were
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