The Mexican War on Drugs Research Paper by Carly Evans

A research on the drug trade in Mexico and the Mexican and US government efforts to combat it.
# 149875 | 1,025 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published by on Jan 05, 2012 in Criminology (Drugs Enforcement)

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This paper looks at the history and expansion of Mexican drug trafficking, the escalating violence that surrounds Mexican cartels, and the Mexican government and U.S. governments' efforts to fight back against the dominance of the cartels.

Mexico's Efforts against the Cartels
Eliminating U.S. Need

From the Paper:

"The first dominant drug cartel in Mexico was actually started by a Mexican federal police agent named Felix Gallardo. After establishing control of much of the drug traffic in country and establishing his business as the main go-to for the Medellin Cartel out of Colombia, he systematically divided and privatized the industry, establishing the system of corruption and protection that is still in place today. Since his takedown in the late 80s, several separate cartels have risen to power from within that original structure, including the Juarez cartel and Gulf cartel. Although the drug trafficking organizations in Mexicohave been in business for many decades, they have only recently moved to the forefront of the international drug trade. Until the 1990s two prominent drug cartels out of Colombia dominated South American, Central American and North American traffic; however, these two organizations - the Cali cartel and the Medellin cartel - were taken down by the concerted efforts of regional and international governments. Since the demise of the Colombian drug traffickers, the Mexican cartels have taken over the majority of traffic in the region's biggest drug market - the U.S."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • N/A. (2009, March 13). US plans to combat Mexico drugs. Retrieved Dec 30, 2011, from BBC News:
  • Napolitano, J. (2009, March 25). Testimony of Secretary Janet Napolitano before Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Southern Border Violence: Homeland Security Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Responsibilities. Retrieved December 30, 2011, from Department of Homeland Security:
  • Robinson, E. (2009, March 27). Drugs and Guns -- a Deadly Trade Between Mexico and the U.S. The Washington Post.
  • Seelke, C. R. (2011, September 2). Mexico: Issues for Congress. Retrieved December 30, 2011, from Federation of American Scientists:

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APA Format

The Mexican War on Drugs (2012, January 05) Retrieved March 25, 2023, from

MLA Format

"The Mexican War on Drugs" 05 January 2012. Web. 25 March. 2023. <>