Drug cartels have arisen as a major crisis for the future in the Americas. Individuals indulge themselves on drugs for many reasons such as tradition, attempting to escape poverty, and generating revenue for rebellious activities. Drug trafficking has proven to be ludacris, with the increasing involvement of corrupt government officials in their distribution. The UN has stated the approximate estimation of profits of drug trade is roughly around $150 billion alone in the Americas, which accounts slightly less than 5% GDP. Currently the most common way of drug transport is land through Central American countries like Mexico, and it eventually crosses over the border to the United States.
“The oldest known written record on cannabis use comes from the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung in 2727 B.C. Ancient Greeks and Romans were also familiar with cannabis, while in the Middle East, use spread throughout the Islamic empire to North Africa. In 1545 cannabis spread to the western hemisphere where Spaniards imported it to Chile for its use as fiber. In North America cannabis, in the form of hemp, was grown on many plantations for use in rope, clothing and paper” (Cannabis + Coca). Marijuana used to be listed in the United States Pharmacopeia from 1850 until 1942 and was prescribed for numerous conditions such as labor pains, nausea, and rheumatism. Increased use of pot as an
The United States has a long history of intervention in the affairs of one it’s southern neighbor, Latin America. The war on drugs has been no exception. An investigation of US relations with Latin America in the period from 1820 to 1960, reveals the war on drugs to be a convenient extension of an almost 200 year-old policy. This investigation focuses on the commercial and political objectives of the US in fighting a war on drugs in Latin America. These objectives explain why the failing drug policy persisted despite its overwhelming failure to decrease drug production or trafficking. These objectives also explain why the US has recently exchanged a war on drugs for the war on
The United States has one of the most profitable drug markets in the world. “As such, it attracts the most ruthless, sophisticated, and aggressive drug traffickers” The United States has such a demand for illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, MDMA, and methamphetamine, that traffickers will do about anything to sneak in the drugs into the country. The majority of the drugs are brought into the country from the border between Mexico and the U.S.A. These drugs are supplied mainly from Mexico, and Colombia. According to the U.S Drug Enforcement Agency, the price of a kilogram of cocaine ranges from $13,000 to $25,000. That is about 2.2 pounds of cocaine. With that kind of profit, we can for sure know that as long as there is demand
Trafficking is also driven by armed groups in two main ways: armed groups recruit or abduct children to use them as combatants. In conflict zones, armed groups recruit or abduct women and girls for forced marriages, domestic work and sexual slavery. Similarly, they recruit or abduct men and boys for forced labor (such as extracting natural resources), and as soldiers or for slavery.
A huge international threat to the United States comes from down South in the form of Mexican drug trafficking. This issue is quietly growing more and more dangerous and is prompting policymakers and leaders in Mexico and the U.S. scrambling for a solution. While there are a handful of potential actions to be taken to make headway on the issue, The best way for to address this “drug war” is to decriminalize drugs in the United States, thereby eliminating the market for cartels while simultaneously generating profit and many other benefits for the U.S.
The 20th Century Fox film Traffic, written by Stephen Gaghan and directed by Steven Soderbergh, was clearly a brilliant piece of work and it received the highest recognition that films can achieve: it earned Oscars for Best Directing (Soderbergh), Best Supporting Actor (Benicio del Toro), Best Film Editing (Stephen Mirrione), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Gaghan). The film was also nominated as Best Picture but lost out to Gladiator (Rotten Tomatoes). Traffic certainly was a realistic film and its release in 2001 presented the public with a fairly un-Hollywood look into the trafficking culture, the users' culture, and law enforcement's sometimes clumsy attempt to put a stop to trafficking.
Furthermore, besides the manifest function of the spread of drug dealing is to intensify the poor’s addiction to drugs for escaping from the crucial reality, it also may provide extremely disadvantaged individuals, the severe poverty and almost total lack of decent employment opportunity. However, at the same time, drug dealing also leads the poor to regard it as the most lucrative and attractive employment among these communities. As Anderson (1999) examined that underground economy acted recklessly at places where these disarranged people were not accepted by the wider economy. And it does not mean that all the jobless people will turn to drug dealer all of a sudden, since the changing is a long and complex procedure (Peterson, 2009). Despite
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes, or the UNODC, drug trafficking in Mexico is a business worth $50 billion per year. Many people believe this money is only for the traffickers and their organizations, but what they do not know is that some of that money actually serves a good cause like helping the poor. To those who follow drug traffickers one would come to the assumption that they are not as bad as people think. They use their money to help their hometown and surrounding towns such as Badiraguato and Mazatlan. Pablo Escobar and Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman are two well-known drug traffickers, not just because of the way they run their business, but because they help the needy. Pablo Escobar and Joaquin Guzman are known
In this research paper I will discuss one transnational crime, and compare the contrast of two nations for their definition of the crime rate, and tools used to measure the crime. I will give each country’s legal tradition and their major influences on crime definition, rate, and measurement. In this assignment I will analyze the extent to which crime statistics collected in different nations can adequately be compared.
Drug trafficking has been an ongoing epidemic in the United States, as well us other countries for an unimaginable amount of time. Illegal drugs varying from heroin and cocaine are primarily the main drugs that get smuggled in the United States from South America. Even marijuana and methamphetamine have been popular in the drug smuggling “industry”. These gangs go to a variety of different extents to get the job done. Drug trafficking increases the violence levels These drugs have been smuggled through the Southwest Border since the 1970s and are attempting to expand the distribution of those drugs into eastern U.S. markets. The countries of drug production have been seen as the worst affected by prohibition. In many countries worldwide, the illegal drug trafficking can be directly linked to high violent crimes. This is especially true in third world countries, but has still been seen as an issue for many developed countries all over the world. Drug trafficking increases the risk of violence and crime due rise of addiction along with an increase of death. It also effects the along with correctional system effects.to its high costs, Nearly all of the heroin produced in Mexico is destined for distribution in the United States. Organized crime groups operating from Mexico produce, smuggle, and distribute various illegal drugs after trafficking them across the US border. Trafficking groups that operate from Mexico tend to avoid penalties by their stealthy methods of smuggling
Prior to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the United States Border Patrol’s concentration of security was primarily concentrated on the international borders. Afterwards, with the consistent influx of illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border and the possibility that some of those can be potential terrorists, border security was significantly increased and concentrated on the safety of the country.
Latin America has had a long history of drug use, which contributes to its stereotype as a drug infested region. Beginning in the 1970’s, the United States has been trying to eliminate drug cartels, trafficking, and use in Latin America (Bogota). The influence of drugs in Latin America has led to violence and death over the many years.
Drug trafficking has become an increasingly growing problem in the world today. Illegal drug trade is a worldwide black market consisting of production, distribution, packaging, and sale of illegal substances. Although today’s "War on Drugs" is a modern phenomenon, drug problems have been a common problem throughout history. The market for illegal drugs is massive, when we consider the estimated global drug trade value is worth $321 billion (Vulliamy). The most drug trafficking happens on the border between Mexico and the United States. Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon said, “Our neighbor is the largest consumer of drugs in the world. And everybody wants to sell him drugs through our door and our window”
Drug cartels have grown and expanded throughout the interior and exterior of states for many years. The way drugs started to be introduced to Mexico, Colombia, and other places around the world was believed to be a myth. It was a tale that was known by many through storytelling, which over the years turned into an actual realistic issue. One of the most known cartels that existed for a long time was The Medellin Cartel. It became a subculture of its own, creating a world full of violence, women, money, firearms, death but most importantly power and fear. Located in Colombia this brutal subculture will show how they become one of the wealthiest subculture in the world surpassing even its own country’s riches.