Money, Drugs and Murder on our border with Mexico, and it is not slowing down. Block the Borders MR. Obama, or sit on the fence and let it continue, this will really boost your chances of winning the next Presidential Election, or maybe it is “Yes We Can”, which is your “MOTTO”! My question is; Yes we can, do what?
Drug-related violence in Mexico has spiked in recent years as drug trafficking organisations have competed for control of smuggling routes into the United States. Mexico has for at least four decades been among the most important producers and suppliers of heroin and marijuana to the US market. Mexico is the leading source of heroin and marijuana and is now the leading transit country for cocaine
A history of civil strife and instability, weak institutions, and staggering impunity make the region extremely vulnerable. The northern triangle of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador in particular, already among the most violent nations in the world, have seen a marked rise in the operations of Mexican gangs and their affiliates.
In Guatemala, with a murder rate at least double that of Mexico’s, between 250 and 350 tons of cocaine are reported to pass through every year. Almost five years since the government’s crackdown on drug gangs began the drug trafficking organisation’s have responded with escalating violence.
Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon has deployed 80,000 troops to the streets to take on powerful drug traffickers shortly after taking office in December 2006.
In recent years, drug trafficking violence in Mexico has claimed thousands of lives and reached a level of intensity and ferocity that has exceeded previous periods of drug-related violence. More than 35,000 people have been killed since Calderon launched a crackdown against drug gangs. However, human rights groups believe the actual number could be as high as 50,490.
At stake for the traffickers is an industry worth up to $39 billion a year, according to estimates by US officials, which is equivalent to almost 15 per cent of Mexico’s annual budget. Mexico is the leading source of heroin and marijuana and is now the leading transit country for cocaine coming from South America to the United States.
Drug gangs in Mexico and Central America are competing for lucrative markets. The vast majority of what is produced in Mexico is still bound for the United States. In 2009, around 26 million people in the US use marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or other illicit drugs each month. Marijuana is the most commonly used drug with an estimated 19 million users. The drug has a street value worth some $133 million.
In 2011, Mexico’s National Ministry of Defense confiscated a total of 409,435 tons of marijuana, bringing to 3.1 million tons confiscated since December 2006 when Mexican President Felipe Calderon took office and declared war against the drugs cartels and organised crime.
In the same period 4,075 tons of cocaine and 125 tons of heroine were confiscated. Authorities also said a total of 6,634 people have been arrested on drugs-related charges. Meanwhile, Mexico is consuming more drugs. Officials have warned this year that the country has seen a significant increase in addiction. Marijuana and cocaine are the most common drugs of choice.
- Mexico blocks ‘Queen of Pacific’ extradition (msnbc.msn.com)
- Guatemala: Drug Gangs “A Serious Threat” To General Elections: President (lostchildreninthewilderness.wordpress.com)
- Mexico’s Ex-President Vicente Fox: Legalize Drugs (time.com)