Drug Trafficking in the United States from Mexico Drug trafficking in the United States and Mexico is a huge problem for the United States because it has a negative impact on other areas in society such as crime rates. The government needs to find a solution to better control drug trafficking because it claims lives and destroys families. Research shows Marijuana and Cocaine are the top two most illegally abused drugs in the United States. James Gray (2001) points out: Not only is this drug-money corruption problem of enormous concern in its own right, but additional lawless behavior often is derived from it as well. For example, the entire southern California area was shocked in September 1999 when a former officer of the Rampart Division
The migration of others into this country by illegal means has risen astonishingly. This act leads to higher crime rates in larger metropolitan areas. These immigrants are responsible for a significant percentage of trafficking, both human and drug. This is just the beginning of the issues that affect the criminal justice system. Many organized crimes have evolved from illegal immigrants, not to mention the bridge that has enabled cross-border terrorism.
Cocaine Kids showed how society views most drug dealer, with stereotyping them as gangsters with big gold rope necklaces, fresh kicks, and nice cars. It was a bigger chance that the Cocaine Kids would get caught because of where they lived, the areas that they stayed in promoted drug use. There was more of a risk of being caught for drug dealing that is why certain extensive procedures were followed in Cocaine Kids. It was to the degree of the market almost having its own “miniature society with institutions, laws, morality, language codes in behaviors of its own.” (Williams, pg.2). A person would think people with money would be looked down upon because they buy these illegal drugs but there is less stigmatizing because they have disposable money.
The Impact of Drugs on the criminal justice System The smuggling, distribution, and use of drugs in the United States have a considerable impact on the criminal justice system and its counterparts. Drug use has become one of the main factors for the increase in crime. Individuals that use drugs provide a demand for a product that is illegally marketed. In turn, the public demand for illegal drugs has influenced drug cartels to smuggle drugs into the United States to be sold to lower income and under developed communities. The distribution and use of drugs has led to an increase in arrest and conviction of individuals under economic strain.
Mexico has become one of the world's largest stages for gang related violent outbursts in the recent years. Gardner relates this directly to the high presence of the drug cartels and the huge drug trade originating from Mexico. He claims that government is wrong because the only solution any political group has drawn has been to increase law enforcement. Gardner argues that to eliminate the drug trade we cannot simply boost law enforcement, but we must look at it from a non-political standpoint, he suggests an economic perspective. From an economic perspective there appears to be no guaranteed way to dismantle the drug trade, it is a market within itself and therefore runs on boom and bust cycles.
Summary of “The Missing Piece to the Gang – Violence Debate” by Dan Gardner Are there several reasons for gang related violence? There is an overabundance of ideas that politicians argue; including fatherless families, weak immigration rules, lenient criminal justice system, racism, poverty, and too many guns. Dan Gardner claims “these previously mentioned points are important and worthy of discussion, but there is something missing”.1 The cause he claims often is unanalyzed and scarcely made a reason, is the illicit drug trade industry. In his article, Gardner suggests illicit drug trade and the black market are primary causes of gang related violence, and most often, these causes are shunned. He cites Mexico’s strategy of rigid law enforcement to eradicate gang violence has a negative impact; suggesting that higher enforcement is associated with higher homicide rates and argues that markets are self-correcting mechanisms.
It has affected the mindsets of people, the way they think and react. It is globalization that has consolidated the world over communication. This is the reason why when people increasingly migrate or travel to far away countries now; they do not have the sense of fear of the unknown anymore. They already know what to expect because the globalization has brought all of us together. Globalization is the reason how the westernization of the naïve cultures took place.
The Mafia appeals to all members of society making it trans class dimensional. This happens because the Mafia appeals to those at the bottom of society and offers them more opportunities in the illegal realm than they could have in the legal world. Both groups sought to bind themselves with politicians and influential members of the state through coercion, bribery and other illegal means such as exchanging votes for public resources and exemption of prosecution. Ironically, the financial and commercial world welcomes the Mafia due to the fact that they launder great amounts of illegal funds by investing them in legal activities. Some rituals practiced by both the Sicilian Mafia and American Mafia are the
Allowing the cartels to traffic drugs across the border encourages more and more of these cartels to produce. This causes the crime rate to increase drastically. Having a handle on this problem would greatly reduce the rate at which it happens. If more vigilance was given this circumstance could be eradicated. References El Paso Times; Retrieved from http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_18608410 Congressional Research Service Report, Oct. 2007; Explorando Mexico The United States and Mexico: Between Partnership and Conflict By Jorge I. Domínguez, Rafael Fernández de Castro The United States Department of Justice: National Drug Threat Assessment 2011 Federal Bureau of Investigation, San Antonio Division, Press
Taylor Nordmeyer Prof. L Gertsma ENGL 1101 27 November 2012 Gang Control It’s no question that we have a major gang problem in the United States. More needs to be done to eliminate gangs, because they increase the drug flow, the crime rate, and intimidate citizens of their communities. Not all gangs are dangerous, but the ones that are, need to be contained because of their cruel behavior and their harsh crimes. Gangs become more powerful through these factors. Eliminating or controlling the drugs being distributed by gangs then their power will diminish.