Jan. 8, 2018
"Mexico's most-wanted: A guide to drug cartels"
By Duncan Tucker
This article is about several things including: the drug cartel, the impact on the people, and the attempts to fight the violence in Mexico. Going into farther detail, the article shows a map of the impacted areas. Comparing the 2010 and 2017 maps you see a new cartel taking over, and many of the once large cartels decressing.
The Sinaloa cartel (long known for being powerful) is now fighting the new and rapidly growing Jalisco New Generation, taking advantage of the Sinaloa cartels current issue with the legandery El Chapo Guzman behind bars this cartel will stop at nothing. Many of the cartels had a down fall due to, "killings and arrests of top leaders,". Starting in 2006, the Mexican government has many successes in capturing and putting an end to many cartel leaders. Though much time and effort have been put into ending violent actions, are they really making a difference? In the last two years the violence has peeked and put 2017 as one of the worst years for Mexico. To make things worse the recent legalization in the U.S. has pushed many of the cartels to invade the streets with harder drugs. Due to this it's estimated 64,000 Americans died from overdose in 2016 and there are 23,953 recored murders adding on to the body count.
The beginning of 1989, the Mexican drug cartels started with a man named Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, nicknamed "The Godfather", he founded the Guadalajara Cartel with Rafael Caro Quintero and Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo. When Quintero and Carrillo got arrested Felix Gallardo decided to keep a low profile and spit up his power so his name wouldn't be wiped in one arrest. The Guadalajara Cartel ended in 1989 when Felix Gallardo was arrested but this was not the end. Felix Gallardos' actions were successful! He gave power and sparked new cartels (which are all still active). Instead of ruining Mexico together as family and allies of Felix Gallardo, the want for more has rivled these cartels and gave rise to violence.
Much like many things in this world, Cartels were started for a want of money and power. In my opinion, drugs (and people) that have caused so much death should not be existent. Since it is too late for that to change, and people will always want more, I think government efforts will never really win the War on Drugs and we the people need to learn how to say no to drugs. No sales means no money, no money means no control, no control leads to a fall down. But ya know, people like drugs.
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