Cocaine - Trade - Los Zetas Cartel - Mexican border
Las Zetas forms one of the largest drug cartels in America. The group took control of cocaine and other drug trafficking activities in 1999. Illegal cocaine trade in North America dates back to 1947 when the initial legal business became illegal following its ban by the United States Government. Since this ban, drug cartels were created at the Mexican border to proceed with the trade.
This paper looks into the blurring of borders a post-modern information age where drug cartels have exploited interconnected economies. It aims at establishing the history of Las Zetas as a leading drug cartel, its effects in the society and the probable measures to curb with the menace.
With their ability to overwhelm governments weakened by corruption and jurisdiction, the drug cartels have gained enormous power and reach in the economies. Particularly, we look at the activities of Los Zetas a leading drug cartel that has gained dominance and power in Mexico City and other cities where the drug business is a boom.
[...] Through the history of the trade, it is evident that the illegalization of drug trafficking prompted the creation of the dangerous Los Zetas to carry out the trade. Initially, the cartels were formed as mere family business names aimed at controlling and promoting trade. Following the move by the government to abolish drug trafficking resulted to the aggression by the cartels to carry on with the business which was and is still very profitable up to date. This study evidences that dealing with the drug trafficking peril in a nation is not as easy. [...]
[...] Because of the low wages that the police officers receive, they are susceptible to corruption from drug cartels. The move of releasing over 1,600 police officers their duties solved no problem since the officers are recruited and trained by the drug cartels making these cartels more treacherous. Since the police officers already know the loopholes in the state law, they take advantage to carry on their businesses without fear. Refugees and internally displaced persons have resulted from the existence of the drug cartel. [...]
[...] The group is well armed and equipped and gets half of its revenues from drug trafficking. The other 50% of their incomes come from criminal activities such as torture, indiscriminate slaughter and beheadings against rival drug cartels and civilians. Usually, the organization operates through assassinations, extortions, kidnappings, and protection rackets. The group recruits members most of whom are police officers and retired lieutenants who undergo further training in camps. The group has ganged forces with street gangs in other states in United States for instance California. [...]
[...] The organization is involved in assassinations, theft, extortions, and kidnappings in order to have their way in legal and illegal businesses. The organization has immensely contributed to heightened insecurity in Mexico City and its environs. By acquiring the latest level of technology, the organization engages in terrorist attacks killing and injuring innocent civilians. Massacres, mass graves, and beheadings have become common phenomena in the city (Chabat, J. 2002). The organizations have been involved in controlling other businesses in Mexico for instance the real estate business that has seen the city of Mexico grow into a world beauty with lavish mansions. [...]
[...] Economic impacts of the Los Zetas cartel Cocaine trade Drug trafficking encompasses one of the most thriving businesses in Mexico bringing in revenue amounting to $991 million per annum. Influential cartels control the drug market in Mexico City. Mexico is the largest distributor of drugs in the United States Market. Cocaine leaves thrive well in South America and is transshipped through Mexico by the cartels to the United States market, which represents 90% of the global drug market (Brouwer, K., Case, P., Ramos, R., C., Bucardo, J., Patterson, T., et al. [...]
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