Mexican Drug Cartels
Mexico was once sought a place to go and visit just south of the border. Many American Citizens would go to see the nice beaches, eat some delicious seafood that was surprisingly better priced than it was here in the U.S and just have a mini vacation that was only about a 2 hour drive. However those days are long gone. Ongoing violence has broken out, even Mexican citizens fear for their safety in their own home. That cause of all this you ask; Mexican Drug Cartels. Mexican Drug Cartels have hit the news and have become more than just a group of people dealing drugs, they reached the highest level of crime there is too reach, and they are an Organized Crime organization. Let’s take it back to see how this once tourist filled country became the home to some of the most violent and heartless organizations the world has seen to date. Crime in Mexico has existed for years now, but it became more noticeable during the time of Pablo Escobar. At one point in history he was the main transporter for Cocaine coming directly from Colombia. As enforcement agencies kicked up their efforts to stop this drug trade, especially in Florida, Escobar formed a partnership with Mexico-based traffickers to transport their drugs through Mexico and into the United States. Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo is known as “The Godfather” of the Cartels seeing how he established the Guadalajara Cartel, which is recognized as the first Mexican cartel and were the first to link up with Escobar to transport cocaine through Mexico. It is said that once Mexico became involved in the drug trade with Colombia it opened a door for Mexico to become independent and they began to branch out on their own. After a while the Guadalajara Cartel took a heavy blow when one of its members was arrested, so it was decided to split it up into three separate groups. As a result the Tijuana, Juarez, Gulf, and Sinaloa Cartel came to exist, after that it was a domino effect and the fight for power/territory began. Not all the cartels are still in effect to date. There are only handfuls that truly still hold power, and these are the most violent cartels out there. To begin there is Los Zetas; this is more of a private army that branched out from the Gulf Cartel. They began as 31 members but later grew to 300 and detaching themselves from the Gulf Cartel and becoming a fully independent drug, arm, and human trafficking network. The Sinaloa cartel, run by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is another of the drug cartels that is still very much present in the drug trafficking game in Mexico. Their leader El Chapo is said to be the Mexico’s most wanted drug trafficker. The Sinaloa Cartel was in an all-out war with the Juarez cartel for that territory and in the end Sinaloa ended up defeating the Juarez cartel. The Gulf Cartel was once one of the strongest but now due to Los Zetas breaking away from them and trying to gain the Gulf Cartel’s territory they have fallen a bit. However they maintain to stay in the game and have maintained control of their primary profit plazas. Other Cartels such as La Familia Cartel, the Beltran-Leyva Cartel, and Tijuana Cartel have either disbanded or are not as active as the other cartels. These Cartels instill fear into the public by the amount of violence they portray. To be honest and blunt these cartels simply do not care who you are or what they are. They will not hesitate to kill you in the most brutal way possible. The Mexican community fears for their life day by day and do not go to authorities because the majority of them are corrupted by the cartels themselves. Non corrupt cops in Mexico either quit or get killed because they cannot be corrupted. I know this from first-hand experience because I have seen what these cartels can do and will do in my travels. Before the Cartels thrived in Mexico I would go at least once a year to visit my family, worry free I would go with my parents until the age of 15 I began to travel alone to...
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