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  • 1. MEXICAN DRUG WARWednesday, February 29, 12
  • 2. Background In the 80’s mexican and colombian organizations formed partnerships to distribute cocaine through Mexico into the United States. Longtime implicit arrangement between narcotics traffickers, PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) governments and police were discovered.Wednesday, February 29, 12
  • 3. Drug traffic routes: Before and AfterWednesday, February 29, 12
  • 4. Drug Cartels : The fight for the territoryWednesday, February 29, 12
  • 5. Drug Cartels : The fight for the territory $39 billion is the top estimated amount Mexican and Colombian drug trafficking organizations make in wholesale profits annually, according to a 2009 Justice Department report. South of the border it costs $2,000 to produce a kilo of cocaine from leaf to lab, the DEA said. In the U.S., a kilos street value ranges from $34,000 to $120,000, Journalist Ioan Grillo: Wars occur because people cannot feed their families. They happen because groups of people feel unimportant, disenfranchised, angry and broke. They want a piece of life. It only takes a few people with particularly hollow morals, capable of shutting off or suppressing guilt, to convince many that killing and dying in spectacular ways is tantamount to glory.Wednesday, February 29, 12
  • 6. Mexican drug cartels in the U.S. Mexican drug cartels have been growing marijuana on 20 states and 67 national forests. Between 2005 and 2010, 3,900 marijuana crops were found on lands guarded by the federal government.Wednesday, February 29, 12
  • 7. Traffic Weapons from the U.S. to Mexico Mexicos president called on U.S. officials to stop gun trafficking across the border, saying the move would be the best thing Americans could do to stop brutal drug violence.Wednesday, February 29, 12
  • 8. Traffic Weapons from the U.S. to Mexico 2009 - 2010: 29, 284 firearms seized. 69% : 20, 504 came from the U.S. source.Wednesday, February 29, 12
  • 9. Traffic Weapons from the U.S. to MexicoWednesday, February 29, 12
  • 10. Two bad sides of the border Lax U.S. gun laws: In Arizona background checks are not required to sell fire guns and anyone can buy any number of weapons. Fast and Furious Operation: Between 2009 and 2011 ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) agents allowed 2,000 weapons to be bought by straw-purchasers, in hopes of tracing those weapons in a cartel gun smuggling ring. Calderon government fired hundreds of corrupt police officers, and even disarmed an entire town, saying that most of its police force was working for the cartels. Human rights have been abused by mexican cartels, military and police. Since 2006, nearly 60,000 people have been killed in drug related violence in Mexico. 27, 200 criminals have been captured.Wednesday, February 29, 12