Mexican drug war-Eric BrownPresentation Transcript
The Mexican Drug War 2006-2011
Since the 1980s, drug trafficking organizations have dominated Mexico and have spilled over into the American southwest. Cartel leaders used bribes, threats and public demonstrations of brutality to keep law enforcement and the military at bay.
On December 1st, 2006, newly elected president Felipe Calderon declared war on drug traffickers. On December 11th, 2006, Calderon sent 6500 federal troops into the Mexican state of Michoacan to end the reign of the La FamiliaMichoacana cartel in the region. Over 500 cartel members were killed during the operation, and the cartels were quick to retaliate.
-Since the war began in 2006, over 120,000 cartel members have been arrested, and 8500 have been convicted. -Thousands more have been killed by Mexican law enforcement. -In retaliation, the cartels have killed or organized the assassinations of many people, including