Mexico, Political Corruption and Drug Trafficking Term Paper by Nicky

Mexico, Political Corruption and Drug Trafficking
An exploration of the political corruption in Mexico and its impact on drug trafficking in Mexico and in the United States.
# 148729 | 4,352 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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The paper presents data on the influence of Mexican drug cartels in the distribution of heroin in the U.S. and reveals Mexican cartels' sophistication, purchasing power, reach and their recent use of anti-aircraft weapons. The paper also illustrates the rampant corruption in Mexico and the weakness of law enforcement authorities. The paper considers the role of the United States in effecting change and argues that part of the solution certainly includes schools, families, and communities joining together to educate children about the recklessness of drug experimentation.

Thesis / Introduction
Heroin Abuse is Spreading into the Heartland
Recent Busts & Revelations Show Several Mexican Cartels' Sophistication, Purchasing Power & Reach - and Use of Aviation
The Government Accounting Office Issues Statement
Cocaine, Cash, and Other Drugs Seized at Mexico City Airport
Use of Aviation by Mexican Cartels is not a New Story
Mayors & Other Mexican Officials Arrested May 26, 2009
53 Drug Cartel Members Were Recently Sprung From Prison
National Weakness in Mexico
How Bad is it? What is Being Done?
What is the United States Prepared to do?

From the Paper:

"People working in the cells get heroin from the Nayarit state, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, Reagan explained. There a "highly productive form of the poppy" from Colombia is processed in numerous laboratories in Nayarit state - despite Mexican government efforts to fumigate those poppies. The cells in Ohio and other parts of the US take orders for heroin over "disposable mobile phones," which makes it very difficult for police and DEA agents to trace phone calls. The orders for heroin are delivered by "dispatcher" and "runners" and cell members sell the drugs in busy places like shopping center parking lots, trying to blend in with crowds and activity (Archibold).
"The Times also interviewed the arrested cell members about how the heroin actually got into the U.S. and learned that a "coyote" (human smuggler) actually is hired by the cartel to bring the drugs over the border. Then the coyote gets into the back of a Ryder truck and is driven to Columbus where he is trained for two weeks and taught how to deliver the heroin to customers. The "coyote" is told he will make a lot of money taking the risks he takes, but it winds up being $400 to $500 per week, a place to sleep and some food on occasion. Most of the earnings typically go to back to his family in Mexico."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Archibold, Randal C. "In Heartland Death, Traces of Heroin's Spread." The New YorkTimes. May 31, 2009. Retrieved May 29, 2009, from
  • Braun, Michael A. "DEA Congressional Testimony." 2005. Retrieved May 28, 2009,From
  • Drug Enforcement Administration. "Hundreds of Alleged Sinaloa Cartel Members andAssociates Arrested in Nationwide Takedown of Mexican Drug Traffickers." 2009.Retrieved May 30, 2009, from
  • El Universal Newspaper - Similar -
  • Lacey, Marc. "In Drug War, Mexico Fights Cartel and Itself." The New York Times. 2009. Retrieved May 29, 2009, from

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