The Mexican Drug Cartels

A drug cartel is a criminal organization developed with the purpose of promoting and controlling drug trafficking operations. They range from loosely managed agreements among various drug traffickers to formalized commercial enterprises. Up until the early 1900s, the use of opium, cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol were legal in the United States and could be purchased at pharmacies and stores. “Chinese merchants brought opium to Sinaloa back in the late 1800’s...and since then, Sinaloa has been full of opium”(Saviano). A steady series of laws passed in the United States made all drug use illegal.

The Mexican Drug Cartels have a lot more power than people think. “The DEA claims the following cartels are currently in active in the United States:
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El Chapo is one of the most powerful drug lords that's ever lived, and he proves that by being a two-time prison escapee. Both prison escapes were extremely embarrassing for the president and the country. The first escape from a mexican prison, El Chapo slipped into a laundry cart and was successfully smuggled out. The second escape he stepped into a shower and slipped into a tunnel, nearly a mile long. After he was captured, he “bragged that he had supplied more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anyone else in the world”(Castillo). Many are calling El Chapo the number one public enemy since Al Capone. He and his cartel are responsible for much of the violence, and deaths in Mexico, and “25% of all the illegal drugs …show more content…
Ties between the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party), and illegal drug traders began in the first half of the twentieth century during prohibition, and by the end of World War II, the tension between the traffickers and the party grew stronger. The Mexican cartels use violence to gain political and economic influence”(Romo). These mobsters put the Mexico to a test by using violence and bribes to influence elections for Governor, the Legislature, and mayors. The traffickers “have understood that it costs less, and guarantees them more, to control local politics, and local

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