It’s basic supply and demand. Drug addiction in America (and around the world, really) fuels the need for drug dealing and drug manufacturing. Most of the drugs sold on the streets have found their way there by a highly organized drug cartel. Their primary purpose is to promote and control drug trafficking operations.
Sinaloa Drug Cartel
It wasn’t long ago that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman plastered the media with news of his escape from a high security prison in July of 2015. El Chapo is a drug kingpin for the Sinaloa Drug Cartel, said to the most powerful drug trafficking organization in the whole world. When he escaped, the same generals who worked to bring down Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar are trying to get after this Sinaloa cartel leader too. Nearly six months after his escape from a maximum security prison, drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ (Joaquín Guzmán Loera) has been arrested, Mexican president says.
According to Business Insider, “As of 2013, the DEA believed that the cartel supplied 80% of the heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine with a street value of $3 billion that floods the Chicago region each year.” This may be due in part to the fact that the cartel’s marijuana and poppy fields in Mexico take up over 23,000 miles of land. A report indicates that the cartel operates in at least 17 Mexican states and in about 50 additional countries.
Expansion in America
The DEA says that Mexican drug cartels “pose the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States” and that “no other group is currently positioned to challenge them.” But could the U.S. have been part of the reason? Mexican newspaper El Universal reported that U.S. officials and members of El Chapo’s cartel operation might have had an arrangement between 2000 and 2012 in which cartel members gave up information on other cartels to the U.S. and in return, were allowed to continue their multi-billion dollar operation.
While those in the powerful positions within the cartels are vital, so are the people who make up so called street gangs. These third party distributors are not only essential for cartel operations; they also are the reason that everyday drug users are able to get their drug(s) of choice. The Sinaloa Cartel reportedly has ties to the Latin Kings, the Bloods, the Crips, MS13, and the Surenos. These relationships let the cartel leadership remain in Mexico and out of the reach of any law enforcement. In other words, they let others to their dirty work for them.
It’s Not Movies…It’s Real Life
Even though mainstream media creates somewhat of a limelight for drug cartels (think: Netflix hit show Narcos ). And their reign on “regular” people wreaks havoc. And without the increasing supply of drugs that come into our country on a continual basis. Who knows, there may not be as much of a demand.
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Update 01/11/2016: What’s Sean Penn’s involvement with El Chapo?
Penn had apparently met with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman for several hours during Guzman’s escape from authorities. As a result, the White House is now questioning Sean Penn’s full Involvement with ‘El Chapo’ according to People.com.Tags: drug addiciton, drug cartel, drug trafficking