Mexican Drug Cartels

2004 Words9 Pages
Mexican Drug Cartels; Can They Ever Be Stopped “The drug cartels are lucrative, they are violent, and they are operated with stunning planning and precision.” -Attorney General Eric Holder The Mexican cartels have been able to slide under the radar for quite some time now and are finally beginning to get the attention they deserve. But is this too late? Have they already done too much damage to their country and their people where emerging out of this horrific phase is even possible? This could be the case if no immediate action is taken. In order for this two happen two things must occur. The first is an immediate solution to the reoccurring violence and corruption within and outside of the Mexican borders. The second is a…show more content…
In 2005 the reality of the situation in Mexico was finally brought to the attention of the American people. The kingpin of the Gulf cartel, Osiel Cardenas, was arrested. The gulf cartel controlled the largest border crossing between Mexico and the United States, El Paso. This in turn caused the other two rival cartels to step in and try and take control. However the Zetas were not going to give up their main smuggling route and at the end of just one day there were one hundred and eighty killed including the newly elected chief of police (Weinberg). The United States once again took action and implemented operation Stonegarden, which gave local authorities on the U.S. side four hundred million dollars to help improve boarder regulation and reduce smuggling. Soon after this was implemented, the drug cartels reached an agreement about territories and were able to again continue with business. It is apparent that no matter what the United States or Mexico has done in the past to suppress the cartels has not been successful. With over ninety percent of the U.S. cocaine being able to be traced back to Mexico and about ninety percent of Mexican firearms being able to be traced back to the United States just feeding more money into different agencies isn’t working (Bronsther). Most of the guns that cartels are using are purchased in the United States and then smuggled
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