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Drug Related Violence in Mexico A Major Disaster

Posted by feww on February 26, 2010

Who Is Profiting from Booming Cocaine Trade in the US?

Cocaine Demand in the United States Fuels the drug related Massacres in Mexico

Why isn’t the US government stemming the flow of cocaine to the United States, or making it legal like alcohol?

The mayor of a city in Durango state, a deputy police chief in Chihuahua and five local police officers are among the latest toll in drug related murders in Mexico.

More than 50 people have been killed in Mexico in the past few days, bringing the drug related death toll to more than 15,000 since 2006.

“Last year, according to the El Universal newspaper, was the deadliest in Mexico in the past decade, with 7,724 people killed in violent incidents attributed to organized crime groups.” LAHT said.

In the Ciudad Juarez, a region on the US -Mexico border, some 2,700 murders were recorded in 2009.

So far this year, drug-related violence has claimed at least 1,400 lives, local media reports say.

World annual cocaine consumption is estimated at 600 to 700 metric tons, with the United States responsible for more than 50% of the total. US remains the largest single market for cocaine (Europe 25% of the total, and the rest of the world less than 25%).


The body of “fugitive” U.S. marshal Vincent Bustamante was found in the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on March 25, 2009. AP photo. Image may be subject to copyright.

An estimated 200,000 people have left Ciudad Juarez [population:  1.5 million] since the middle of 2008  from fear of a turf war between the Mexican cartels, according to a number of reports.

“The government of Felipe Calderon is 3 years old and in Sinaloa, we have not seen decisive action against the narcos,”  a Mexican politician said. “Nothing serious is being done.”

As Mexico’s drug cartels battle  for control of the smuggling routes into the United States, the questions Americans should ask is:

Why isn’t the US government stemming the flow of cocaine to the United States, or making it legal like alcohol?

[NOTE: Fire-Earth does NOT condone the use of narcotics, but shares the belief that alcohol consumption is equally, if not more, dangerous than cocaine use.]

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2 Responses to “Drug Related Violence in Mexico A Major Disaster”

  1. […] Who Is Profiting from Booming Cocaine Trade in the US? […]

  2. feww said

    U.S. lobbies a hurdle in Mexico drug war: Calderon
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62R13320100328

    Powerful groups in the United States appear to be blocking efforts to stem the flow of assault weapons fueling Mexico’s drug war, Mexican President Felipe Calderon said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

    Calderon, who has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers and police to fight drug cartels, told Fareed Zakaria’s “GPS” program on CNN that there was resistance in Washington to Mexico’s demands that sales of such weapons be stopped.

    “They (U.S. officials) say that they are facing strong opposition and there is powerful lobbies in the Congress in order to change that situation,” Calderon said in a pre-taped interview in Mexico City.

    The Mexican leader added that solving the cross-border gun trafficking problem was critical to his bid to crack down on the drug-related violence that has killed 4,600 people in the past two years.

    Mexico says 90 percent of the weapons used by drug gangs are bought in the United States, often legally. Mexican officials also want to see the U.S. Congress reinstate a ban on the sale of assault weapons that expired in 2004. More …
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62R13320100328

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