In addition, gangs increasingly are smuggling large quantities of heroin, cocaine, and MDMA (also known as ecstasy) into the United States. Local street gangs in rural, suburban, and urban areas transport drugs within very specific areas, most of what seem to be low socio-economical areas. Some gangs collect millions of dollars per month selling illegal drugs, trafficking weapons, operating prostitutions rings, and selling stolen property. Gangs launder their proceeds by investing in real estate, recording studios, motor cycle shops, and construction companies. The extent of gangs/drugs A proliferation in gangs will also mean a growth in drug and violence in our community’s and threatening society in general.
Kidnapping rates have also escaladed in Mexico to where an average of 70 people are abducted each month. There are 75 open cases of Americans who have been kidnapped in Mexico. Approximately 6,300 people have died in the past year because of the drug wars. Gangs have become the dominant authority in Mexico, and when there are over 450,000 people involved in drug trafficking they are able to perform violence and to keep the issue rampant. The government has made many attempts for prevention, but the cartels still earn in tens of billions of dollars a year.
A pressing question stands for illicit drug use in the United States: why are these drugs labeled illicit even illegal? Drugs such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and most pills are termed illegal simply because the United States government believes that these drugs affect our bodies in the most terrible ways. The problem occurs when we can connect social problems between crime and drugs. According to Drugs, Crime, & Contemporary Perspectives, the use of drugs is connected to crime rates in the United States and around the world. It is believed that people commit crimes because of the effects of drugs.
I feel the criminal justice system needs to be stricter. In Canada, British Columbia is the worst place for problems with crystal meth. The number of deaths has increased from three in 2000 to thirty-three in 2004. Most of those deaths have been caused by drug overdoses or car accidents in which the driver was high on meth. When the RCMP in Canada investigated drug labs they found, about 60% of them produce crystal meth and about 40% produce ecstasy.
Many drug users are arrested for possession of Marijuana every day. It has been a problem that Marijuana is the most common drug that is used in the streets. Also numerous addicts are arrested for different drugs such as heroin or crack cocaine or many times, are under the influence of alcohol. Somehow, the issue on legalizing Marijuana is that anti Marijuana users think that if Marijuana is legalized, crime on the streets would be much higher. For instance, Pot heads (Marijuana users) get busted for minor crimes such as illegal possession of Marijuana.
One factor contributing to the continuous growth of substance abusers in the prison population is drug misuse and addiction. The majority of inmates incarcerated have used illegal drugs on a regular basis (at least once a week for a period of one month) and have been incarcerated for selling or possessing drugs; driving under the influence of alcohol; committed crimes under the influence of drugs or alcohol; committed their crimes to get money for drugs; have a history of substance abuse; or share a combination of these characteristics (CASAColumbia, 1998). Another factor is the war on drugs and mandatory minimum sentences. In an attempt to reduce drug abuse and drug dealing, the U.S. has pursued punitive drug control policies to threaten arrest and incarceration. Mandatory minimums at the state and federal levels lead to individuals being sent to prison for possession of relatively small amounts of illegal substances (Taylor, Hallam & Allen, 2009).
According to data from the United States and other industrialized countries, property and violent crime rise rapidly in the teenage years to a peak at about ages 16 and 18, respectively, with a decline thereafter until old age (Hirschi & Gottfredson 1983, Farrington 1986, Flanagan & Maguire 1990)”. Many people are likely to be the victim of a crime at some time in their life for example: car theft, electronic thefts or serious cases, a rape or murder. Many people who do not become victims and the people who do will be the criminals of crime. Crime seems to commonly be motivated by drug use and the need to purchase illegal drugs. At the same time, the increase of adults including many young people, are most likely get involved in regular drug use.
Because of this unending drug, the perception of Mexico, a nation which strongly emphasizes Catholic values, has quickly shifted. The drug war has affected the country detrimentally as strong censorship rules have been imposed, the safety and security of its people at risk, and the country’s relations with other countries such as the United States are questionable. Drug trafficking “refers to the sale and distribution of illegal drugs” (Drug Trafficking). It is something that is taken as an offense to many because it is against the law and often displeasing. Drug trafficking, in years past, have been very present in countries like Cuba, where drug lords attempted to run the country.
Introduction In this essay I have been asked to examine the potential link between drugs, alcohol and crime in society. All these factors have an affect on society and in this paper I am going talk about how all these factors can link together to have an affect on society. Drugs can have an effect on society in many different ways. The negative consequences of drug abuse affect not only individuals who abuse drugs but also their families and friends, a range of businesses and government property. Drug addiction causes young people to drop out of school, and it makes parents lose interest in their children.
“Illegal immigration is a major cause in the overcrowding of our schools and our prisons.” (Bender, David) Michael Huffington, a former member of the US House of Reps. For California says that, “Many illegal immigrants come for two purposes that are both destructive and expensive: to commit crimes or to receive government benefits.” (Huffington, 63) “For instance, the 18th Street gang in Southern California is one of the nation’s most violent street gangs with a staggering 20,000 members. More appalling is the fact that 60 percent of the 18the Street gang’s