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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Mexico's Drug War Wages On

At this point most Americans are aware of what has been happening just south of the border in the lawless lands of Mexico. Kidnappings and murders on a daily basis keep the citizens of Mexico in constant state of fear. Cartels constantly battle for drug smuggling routes and territory. At the end of the day it is about control and there is no question that the cartels have complete control of Mexico. The government, those who haven't been bribed, does not stand a chance going to war against the cartels. In many ways America could be blamed for the lawlessness in Mexico, but, one thing is for certain - as long as Americans have an insatiable need for drugs, Mexico will be right there to provide them.

At the end of the day, like any big business, it is all about the money and the drug trade is a billion dollar industry. "El Chapo" Guzman Loera is the boss of the powerful Sinaloa cartel. "Authorities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border blame the Sinaloa and other cartels for a surge in violence in the region", according to CNN. Just last year, Loera ranked 701st on Forbes' yearly report, with an estimated fortune of $1 billion. As long as people have the ability to make that kind of money with drugs, there will be people who will kill for control of the market.

In Mexico there is a prison located in Gomez Palacio in Durango state that is completely run by the cartels. Prisoners are being handed weapons and vehicles and are sent out on murder hits. These hit squads are known to be responsible for at least three separate mass murders. Just ten days ago, on July 18th, an attack on a party in the city of Torreon, located near Gomez Palacio, resulted in the murder of 17 people. "Ballistic tests indicate that the casings found at the crime scene were matched to four assault rifles, rifles that are assigned to guards at the prison located in Gomez Palacio", reported the Examiner.

People in America are addicted to drugs that keep Mexico in a constant state of war. While Americans get high, people are dying in Mexico - so that a few cartel leaders can get rich.

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