Drug Trafficking In The United States Essay

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Drug Trafficking in the United States Drug Trafficking in the United States Every day drug trafficking is becoming more of a problem, especially in the United States. This problem keeps getting bigger because of the demand for drugs in the United States. According to CBS News, “Despite tough anti-drug laws, a new survey shows the U.S. has the highest level of illegal drug use in the world. The World Health Organization's survey of legal and illegal drug use in 17 countries, including the Netherlands and other countries with less stringent drug laws, shows Americans report the highest level of cocaine and marijuana use.” (Warner, 2008). As the demand for drug rises every day, the Mexican cartels keep finding ways to smuggle drugs to the…show more content…
According to the New York Times “Tucson is hardly alone in feeling the impact of Mexico’s drug cartels and their trade. In the past few years, the cartels and other drug trafficking organizations have extended their reach across the United States and into Canada. Law enforcement authorities say they believe traffickers distributing the cartels’ marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs are responsible for a rash of shootings in Vancouver, British Columbia, kidnappings in Phoenix, brutal assaults in Birmingham, Ala., and much more.” (Archibold, 2009). Since President, Felipe Calderon took office and declared war on all Mexican cartels, in seems as if the cartels are becoming more violent. According to Colin Gray, “there have been well over an estimated 13,600 drug-related killings in the country. The killings are tied to Mexican drug cartels, which supply vast amounts of marijuana, methamphetamines, and cocaine primarily to U.S. markets. The deaths are only becoming more prevalent. The New York Times reports that “in 2008, there were more than 6,200 drug-related murders, more than double the figure from the year before….” There has been significant spillover into the U.S. as well, including the kidnapping of more than 60 Americans in the border town of Nuevo
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