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
Drug Trafficking in the United States Sharika Stewart English 112: English Composition II Prof. Kari Lomanno December 10, 2012 Drug trafficking in the United States is an invisible war that has been going on for over a century. Throughout those years we have seen limited progress on controlling our national borders, while drugs are still making their way into the United States. Drug trafficking is the most serious organized crime problem in the world today and choosing this topic is more of a personal reason because of all the unanswered questions. With that being said, the problem of drugs will affect all the countries in one way or another. Four presidents, Ronald Regan being the most aggressive, waged a war on drugs.
Drug Trafficking in United States: Use of Mules During my preliminary search into drug trafficking in the United States, I was shocked to discovered I am living in a high location involved in drug trafficking. Although Texas is identified for many crimes involving the Mexican cartels, one underline fact is the drug trafficking and the use of “mules”. “Mules,” are the use of human or vehicles to transport narcotics into the United States. According to recent reports by the Drug Enforcement Administration or DEA (2012) “recent interagency intelligence assessment approximately 65 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the United States crosses the Southwest borders with the aid of “mules”. The main reason I choose this topic is due to a recent involvement of a close friend of the family.
Drug Trafficking in the United States: New York America’s use and distribution of illegal narcotics directly contribute to the violence that plagues New York City streets. One would advance that drugs are the ‘underworld economy’ in America. They are being smuggled into the U.S from every direction and all kinds of ways. They are trafficked in and distributed to people of every age, race and social stature. According to a 2010 survey, the estimated populations of Americans that use drugs are 22 million (NSDUH, 2010).
One type of crime that is steadily increasing is drug offenses. There are numerous types of illegal drugs and these drugs are more potent and more dangerous than ever. Those people that distribute drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and barbiturates are the worst kind of criminal and whatever punishment is given definitely fits the crime. In this paper I will discuss the mandatory sentencing laws and whether these laws are biased towards blacks, particularly the black male. Drug crimes have increased dramatically and throughout the years and the government took the initiative to address the drug crisis.
Drug-related violence usually appears in one of three ways: by users under the influence of the drug, by users who commit violent acts to obtain money or more of the drug, and by distributors who use violence in the course of conducting their business. Every community with a methamphetamine abuse problem has experienced violence in some form, most commonly appearing as domestic disputes. Secret production accounts for nearly all of the methamphetamine trafficked and abused in the United States. Domestic methamphetamine production, trafficking, and abuse are concentrated in the western, southwestern, and Midwestern United States. The upsurge in methamphetamine trafficking has been accompanied by an increase in violence.
An American Prejudice: Colombians as Drug Dealers There are different stereotypes around the world, people judge a whole nation only based on the behavior of a couple of its habitants. Drug trafficking became predominant around the end of the 1950’s and the beginning of the 1960’s Colombians being a key group on this business, and as time passed more Colombians were getting arrested due to drugs possession. Therefore, Americans have created a prejudice: Colombians as drug dealers and in order to change this perspective of Americans about Colombians, Colombians themselves should work together and educate some Americans that think this way. There is a way to keep this prejudice from spreading to other American citizens, by educating Americans about the Colombian culture. I would expose this stereotype by presenting the problem and its causes, the prejudice and how it affects Colombians; the counterarguments, is it offensive or not to Americans.
Mexican Drug War is an ongoing armed conflict among rival drug cartels fighting each other for regional control and against the Mexican government forces and civilian vigilante groups. Since 2006, when intervention with the Mexican military began, the government's principal goal has been to put down the drug-related violence.  Additionally, the Mexican government has claimed that their primary focus is on dismantling the powerful drug cartels, rather than on preventing drug trafficking, which is left to U.S. functionaries.  Although Mexican drug cartels, or drug trafficking organizations, have existed for several decades, they have become more powerful since the demise of the Colombian Cali and Medellín cartels in the 1990s.
Drug trafficking in the United States has become a major enterprise in the United States. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) (UNODC, 2011), the majority of cultivated cannabis is in North America and important exports are from Mexico to the United States and from Canada to the United States to a lesser degree. This is one of many drugs on the streets of the United States. The war on drugs cost American taxpayers billions of dollars every year. There are different ways that would help combat the cost of fighting drug trafficking.
Web. 16 Dec. 2013.) The Mexican Drug Cartels not only cause trouble for the United States but also for the people of Mexico. There are seven major drug cartels in Mexico the Beltran Leyva, Gulf Cartel, Juarez Cartel, La Familia Michoacana, Los Zetas Cartel, Sinaloa Cartel, and the Tijuana/Arellano Felix Cartel.