U.s. Department Of The Criminal Justice Field

1691 Words May 13th, 2016 7 Pages
In my Special Topics in Geography course, the instructor Dr. Hilburn had assigned my peers and I to do a map of anything that interests us by applying all the skills and knowledge that we have learned during the semester. During my research of opting of what should I do my map about I focused myself within the study field in which I am majoring so, I started researching anything that is related to the criminal justice field. A key factor that helped me determined what should the topic of my map focus on was the notion that I live in a border town that is next to Mexico. Eventually, I decided to do a map that will focus at a state level on the territories within Mexico that transnational criminal organizations have a dominant influence. According to the U.S. Department of Justice National Drug Intelligence Center, drug cartels can be define as “…large, highly sophisticated organizations composed of multiple [Drug Trafficking Organizations] DTOs and cells with specific assignments such as drug transportation, security/enforcement, or money laundering” (2010). Also, it is mention within this national drug threat assessment that was done by the U.S. Department of Justice, that the “greatest drug trafficking threat” to the United States is “Mexico” (2010). With this been said one can understand that the roots majority of the criminal groups that operate domestically within the U.S. can be traced back to Mexico. So, in order to understand how this criminal organizations form…
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