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International Drug Trafficking in Mexico

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International Drug Trafficking in Mexico

Throughout all of history, people have used mind-altering substances for diverse purposes such as magic, religious ceremonies, medicine, and war. After World War II, many people discovered that narcotics can be used to amass fortunes and maintain a steady stream of income. Groups of people, known as drug cartels, have created a business of trading and processing drugs, in which, the material of the drugs are grown, processed into drugs, smuggled across foreign borders, and sold to the common public. This process is known as international drug trafficking. Drug trafficking has led to drug addictions due to drug abuse, which can lead to violence, and inevitably the death of an individual who uses these drugs. The socioeconomic costs to a society are devastating. Law enforcement, imprisonment, and rehabilitation have high costs to governments and its society.

The international drug trade is deeply routed in the global economy. The drug business is protected and run by drug cartels, who make huge profits in a multi-billion dollar industry. This industry has humble beginnings with poor farmers in lower income societies. An example of this type of society is Mexico. Unlike America, not as many drug laws are enforced in Mexico. As a result, more drug materials are grown here. Farmers start by growing and processing the plants that make the drugs, and then they illegally ship them across foreign borders. In some areas of Mexico, crops that produce drugs can be the most profitable, explaining why a decent amount of farmers work for drug cartels. Though neighboring countries look for solutions, there is a problem with trying to reduce the drug production in foreign countries like Mexico. It ...

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...g cartels stimulate local economies making it difficult for governments to stamp out the illegal drug trade. Many solutions have been tried and failed, but this does not end the constant attempts to end drug trafficking world-wide. The world continues to combat drug trafficking, even when failure is of great odds.

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Sherman, Jill, and Sanho Tree. Drug Trafficking. Edina, MN: ABDO Pub., 2010. Print.
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