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Monday, September 12, 2011

Mexican Cartels Top Narcotics Source for US

Mexico's powerful drug cartels including the Sinaloa cartel have become the United States' top suppliers of illegal narcotics, a Justice Department report said Tuesday.

"Mexican-based TCOs (transnational criminal organizations) dominate the supply, trafficking, and wholesale distribution of most illicit drugs in the United States," the annual report on illegal drug threats says in part.

Of the seven cartels doing business in the United States -- the Sinaloa, Los Zetas, el Golfo, Juarez, Beltran-Leyva, La Familia Michoacana and Tijuana -- only the Sinaloa has "its extensive distribution network (which) supplies drugs to all regions of the United States."

"It is one of the few TCOs that can obtain multi-ton quantities of cocaine from South America as well as produce large quantities of heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine," the report stressed.

Most of the illegal drug shipments are across the US-Mexican border but there also has been an increase in the number of alternative methods of transport used including boats and light aircraft, the report added.

The influence of the Mexican cartels was also around to stay for some time, the report warned.

"Major Mexican-based TCOs will continue to dominate wholesale drug trafficking in the United States for the foreseeable future and will further solidify their positions through collaboration with US gangs," it said.

Mexican authorities claim more than 35,000 lives have been lost since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels in late 2006. Media reports put the total toll at nearer 41,000, including criminals, security forces and civilians.

So far, the bloodletting has not spread across the US border as have the narcotics, the US report said.

Another alarming conclusion: the report found young people's use of illegal drugs was again on the rise after some years of decline.

"The abuse of several major illicit drugs, including heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine, appears to be increasing, especially among the young," the report said.

Source: AFP


  1. What? I thought it was Canada.

  2. Not truth U.S is still the number one supplier of drugs.

  3. And Mexico will soon be the biggest consumer of it's own product, and with addiction comes more crime and crouption, if thats posable !!!

  4. Has anyone in Sinaloa been busted today. I guess it would be easy to get that big with all the support you can be handed. Every cartel mentioned use to deal in mega ton quantities. Now only Calderon's boy?

  5. We can not be the biggest consumer of our products, we don't have enough money to buy expensive drugs. With addiction comes more crime, I agree !!! ( crouption, posable ) I don't know the meaning of this two words.

  6. Its hard to tell what is the number one source. Every year the pharmaceutical industry takes a bigger slice of the pie. Those guys can really sling dope.

  7. Anything is posable in Mexico , even good English spelling, I'm sure the prices are lower than in the states, and also don't they trade drugs for cartel work? I'm sure they use something to forget the horror of the days work, it's not humanly posable not to, is it?

  8. Just California, Oregon, W. Virginia, Virginia and the Carolinas produce more mariguana and synthetic drugs than Mexico. Thing is the USA is always looking for some other country to blame. The richest drug king pins are American and live in the USA. But the US will never admit it, and will never put it on the news.

  9. In other news, the sky is blue.

  10. If we really wanted to stop drug trade through police work and international diplomacy, we would go after the source. There is only 3 countries that make the precursors for meth on a major level unregulated, China being one of them. Crack is wilting on the vine, nobody is saying they want to be a crack addict when they grow up. Powder cocaine is falling off some too. Ice, MDA, and meth, all pretty much the same are on the upswing big time. Why not attack it at the international level through diplomatic embargoes directed at countries allowing precursor production to continue. Oh, I forgot, we really don't want to stop it. We just want to talk about it and fill up our jails with addicts.


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