?Drugs have become the principle currency for the purchase of weapons? (Jamieson, 72) and this is a problem. Countries then find themselves attacked on two fronts, by both terrorists and the illicit drugs used for funding. Drugs provide funds through more than cultivation. Various groups aid in drug trafficking and gain funding through services, not growing, ?Tamils also find employment as couriers...as a means of financing their independence struggle in... ... middle of paper ... ...organized crime is still terrorism, although it?s directed and self-serving it has political aspects and still fits most definitions.
The U.S. government relies solely on the joint capabilities of law enforcement and government agencies, such as tactics and equipment, used to combat drug smuggling. The drugs entering the U.S. harm citizen’s health and create problems in the country’s criminal justice system. With a significant share of these illicit drugs originating outside of the United States, the efforts to prevent their entrance are crucial to safeguarding this nation and its security. Over the years, advancing technology and communications equipment have enabled border security to better prepare, communicate, and ensure border security. Furthermore, these advances have improved the structure and networking of intelligence information.
Many of today’s capabilities arise from a continued reliance on illicit activities, methodologies, and processes that are appropriate to enable terrorist’s functions. The similarities between terrorist groups and criminal structures lie in the methods used to accumulate funding and launder money. Money laundering possess several decided advantages that enables terrorist and criminal organizations to overcome the limitations on our capabilities to counter their illicit activities. The greatest difference between terrorist and criminal organizations lie in the nature of their respective ultimate goals, which determines the way they spend their funding. Illicit finance supports two basic types of terrorist groups; The Traditional and Non-traditional.
Drug trafficking has been a massive concern between the borders of Mexico and the U.S. “since mid 1970s” (Wyler, 1). Drug trafficking is “knowingly being in possession, manufacturing, selling, purchasing, or delivering an illegal, controlled substance” (LaMance, 1). A dynamic relationship exists amongst Columbia, Mexico, and the U.S. the informal drug trafficking economy. This growing informal drug economy leads to many individuals creating a substantial living through this undercover market. These individual drug cartels monopolizing the trafficking market are a growing problem for the U.S economy and need to be located and controlled.
The Zetas can be classified as mafia style group that specializes in one type of commodity, and in this case, the commodity is protection (Brophy, 2008). They defend the Gulf cartel and their territory, as well as act as their hitmen and assassins, and engage in kidnapping, trafficking arms, money-laundering, drug dealing, and collecting payments (Brophy, 2008). With both of these powerful groups controlling many parts of Mexico, the drug trafficking community is intense, violent, and the cities often suffer dire consequences when in conflict with the groups. The illegality of the drug trade has largely to do with the extreme amount of violence when it comes to feuding drug cartels and law enforcement (Brophy, 2008). The Gulf cartel and the Zetas are not only powerful due to their weapons and violence, but they have a great mount of influence as well, especially though politics, and this will be discussed further in the report.
It ... ... middle of paper ... ...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. Works Cited Birns, Larry, and Alex Sanchez. "The Government and the Drug Lords: Who Rules Mexico?"
Cali is primarily in the business of manufacturing, distributing, and wholesaling cocaine for the US market. Its competitive advantage lies in its distribution networks, which can transfer tons of illegal material through actively hostile territory. This is a brief listing of the strengths and weaknesses of the Cali cartel. Cali's great strength lies in its distribution network. Finding sufficient numbers of people who are willing to risk their lives and freedom, and who will not cooperate with law enforcement agencies, is the first barrier.
Many terms have been used including international crime as opposed to transnational crime. Netting millions of dollars each year, drug smuggling on one of many activities that organized crime is now involved with making it now a transnational crime and one of the most dangerous. There are many government agencies that have proven to be successful in fighting organized crime as law enforcement tries to curtail transnational crime. The agency, UNODC , is one which does assist in the organizational and management of many cooperative governments, intercontinental organizations and national societies to fortify cooperation. UNODC also monitors the involvement of countries to deter the drug problem, propose new legal assistance, extradition and work with the law enforcement (Organized Crime 2010) Transnational Crime Applying Law Enforcement The definitions of transnational crime surpasses borders by committing criminal acts that violate the laws (Reichel 2008) Successful law enforcement is essential in the struggle... ... middle of paper ... ...pt as respectful as necessary to human rights and avoid measures that reflect further terrorism.
It is the same principle that makes any illegal substance so expensive and smugglers so rich. Driven by the high cost of procuring drugs... ... middle of paper ... ...e corruption of government officials throughout the world.” The reasons are clear: profit and power. Powerful drug cartels often join forces with law enforcement officials for a cut of the profit, and in turn, they aid and support the cartels’ illicit activities, including drug trafficking, money laundering, gang violence, extortion and blackmail. In conclusion, criminalization of certain drugs perpetuates crime instead of deterring it. Addicts end up committing crimes to pay for drugs because of their high cost, small time users and dealers have no choice but to turn to a life of crime if they are incarcerated, drug cartels break laws to retain power, and more often than not, police officials are also lured by the high markups in the drug trade.
Mexico’s drug cartels are among the most powerful in the world. These cartels are constantly impacting both Mexico and the United States with violence and drugs. Although it might be difficult to consider a Mexican drug cartel a monster, in reality it is because it fit’s the characteristics common to many fictional monsters. A cartel, a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service, like a monster, always has a motive. According to Martinez and others, the drug cartels main motivation is greed.