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Referencing back to the 1800s, during the Mexican-American War, there was a mysterious cause of death for thousands of soldiers. Investigators found that the cause of death was from adulterated drugs given to the army. This information outraged the United States and caused them to create the Drug Importation Act of 1848 which created check-points in major US ports, such as New York, to inspect all drugs. This purity inspection of drugs and medications continued to change its regulations and laws throughout the 20th century, leading us to the laws and procedures we have today.
In Mexico today the drug cartel business is considered to be an ever losing battle. The continual increase of cartels and weakening of the Mexican government is a recipe for disaster. There is over 1,700 miles of Mexican-American border that must be protected in order to prevent the smuggling of drugs. Billions of dollars go to employing half a million Mexicans to protect the borders and countless Americans. However, the cartel structure is just as intricate as many internal business structures and they won't go down without a fight. Some people believe that the Mexican drug cartels may be too big to fail. In Mexico, over 28,000 people have died and the numbers continue to increase.
Along with educating the public, the US must also partner with the Mexican government. The CBP and FBI aid Mexico in preventing the drug distribution across borders. Mexico's governments will require monetary support, job training, job equipment and the will to fight the battle. One of the DEA's missions is to coordinate with all levels of the law beyond the United States through reducing the availability of crop, federal training and managing all drug programs. The CBP, on the other hand, has the Secure Border Initiative and have completed 300 miles of vehicle fencing along the border of Arizona/Mexico, but their budget for fiscal 2010 doesn't seem to be focusing on the right areas. The total budget for fiscal 2010 was over 10 billion dollars. Roughly 36% of this budget went to border security between ports of entry, 28% went to security at ports of entry, 14% went to salaries, 8% went to technology, 8% to air/marine assistance, 4% to modernization and 3% to construction. Technology is the number one opportunity for the CBP. Modernizing their current practices and improving technology could minimize the need of a lmost a forth of their budget going to regulated ports of entry.
This pie chart breaks down the most influential Mexican drug cartels in 2006. The most popular cartel is the Gulf Zetas with 44% influence. This gang is no longer the most popular cartel in Mexico. In 2008, a large portion of the Gulf Zetas broke away to join La Familia, which is now one of the most popular cartels today. In this chart, they come in a close second with a 15% influence.
The Mexican drug war has been a battle that dates back to the early 1800's during the Mexican-American war. In the past four years, the strength of the drug war has increased significantly through the creation of numerous cartels, the weakening of Mexican governments and the increase in demand across the world. Over 28,000 people have been killed in the drug war and the numbers continue to increase. Americans and government organizations are doing the best they can to finance and aid the war but Mexico needs all the help they can get. The best way to help the Mexican government is through education, government support and additional financing.
The people of America and Mexico, as well as the rest of the world, need to acknowledge far more than the idea that drugs are bad, the reason why is because it is bringing so much deaths to the world and the United States needs to put down a stop to this drug war . Every drug that is purchased comes from a source. In reference to Mexico, the drugs are either grown there or important, then smuggled across the borders. This pass off of drugs from the source to the distributer is often violent and then the smugglers have to illegally cross the Mexican-American border to then give the drugs to a US distributer. Again, this pass off may be violent. Once the drug is actually received by the consumer, they will spread around to everyone.