Mexican Drug Cartels Movin' On Up

For years, the ridiculous War On Drugs in Mexico has been creating and feeding an out-of-control monster, but until now I didn't realize just how large that monster really is.

It's huge: Mexican drug cartels now have their own oil company.

U.S. refineries bought millions of dollars worth of oil stolen from Mexican government pipelines and smuggled across the border, the U.S. Justice Department told The Associated Press — illegal operations now led by Mexican drug cartels expanding their reach.

Criminals — mostly drug gangs — tap remote pipelines, sometimes building pipelines of their own, to siphon off hundreds of millions of dollars worth of oil each year, the Mexican oil monopoly said. At least one U.S. oil executive has pleaded guilty to conspiracy in such a deal. ["Mexican cartels smuggle oil to US" - Associated Press]

What's next? The Electric Company and Water Works? How about a few hotels on Boardwalk or Park Place?

In March, Forbes Magazine listed Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as "El Chapo" or "Shorty", in a tie for #701 on their list of world's wealthiest - with a fortune worth a billion dollars.

He may be the first billionaire drug dealer on the list, but he probably won't be the last as long as prohibition continues. El Chapo's competition is expanding fast.

The Gulf cartel has launched a full-scale recruitment program, posting help wanted ads promising good pay, free cars and fine dining to mexican soldiers who are looking for a new career in smuggling, torture, or assassinations.

And business is booming: another Associated Press story from a few days ago says cartels have "have morphed into full-scale mafias, running extortion rackets and trafficking people and merchandise" in a way not seen before in Mexico, even providing jobs and social services in remote areas. "It's almost like Chicago, when Al Capone ruled everything,'' a senior U.S. law enforcement official told AP. "They control everything from the shoeshine boy to the taxi driver.''

Drug prohibition creates the illegal market that allows the cartels to exist, and with a lack of legitimacy and a regulation system, cartels are forced to settle disputes with violence. Violence spreads, and as the cartels continue to murder and intimidate thousands and foster this culture of ultra-violence, we will slowly see the takeover of all other legitimate industries.

Author and journalist Charles Bowden appeared on Democracy Now! on August 11, and said that that Mexico's economy is so linked to drug cartels, there is no virtually no way to separate the two.

But what people have to understand is Mexico would collapse without drug money. Our agencies estimate Mexico earns $30 billion to $50 billion a year in foreign currency from selling drugs. Remittances from Mexican workers here is their number two official source of currency, and that’s about $20-$25 billion. But the drug industry is essential. It’s penetrated the whole culture, and it isn’t going away. And nobody is going to destroy it.

I’ll give you another statistic. The consumption of drugs in Mexico has exploded. Last week, a public health official in Juarez, a city of a million and a half, said there’s at least 150,000 addicts in the city. Think of it this way: trying to eradicate the drug industry in Mexico is like trying to eradicate gambling in Las Vegas. It is the economy. And it’s the unspoken part of the economy.

And there’s one final thing that has to be considered. Forty percent of the federal budget in Mexico comes from oil, from PEMEX. The oil fields are collapsing. The Mexican government, by its own statements, thinks they’ll be functionally gone in nine years. That makes drugs yet more important for the survival of the society.

The monster has broken its restraints and is choking its inventor. Only the repeal of prohibition can stop the violence and death, if it's not already to late.

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Stop Mexican Drug Cartel

An article was just published in Denver post in colorado about all the illegal grow operations found on National Forest land that are damaging the environment from toxic chemicals they use the plants. It is time to stop this from spreading. There must be direct action taken on this at least from a local level to keep the forest clean and the medicine sacred. Take action in your forest to find and stop this now before it grows to big.

THE SAME THING HAPPENS IN

THE SAME THING HAPPENS IN THE STATES!!!!! WITHOUT THE DRUG MONEY THE WHOLE SYSTEM WOULD CRASH.,FROM THE LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS DEPENDING ON EASY TO GET CONVICTIONS AND THE EVER GROWING PRISON INDUSTRY AND LETS NOT FORGET ALL THE VERY POOR UNEDUCATED MINORITIES ESPECIALLY THE BLACKS AND THE LATINOS AND MEXICANS.,IF WE LEGALIZED DRUGS THEIR MONEY SUPPLY WOULD DISAPPEAR AND THEN WE ARE STUCK WITH A BUNCH MORE DEPENDANT WELLFARE RECIEPIANTS., THERE ARE NO LEGITIMATE JOBS TO FEED THESE PEOPLE AND THEIR ANCHOR BABIES WHO NOW HAVE HAD BABIES THEMSELVES!!!! IF WE HAD PROPER JOBS WITH LIVING WAGES AND AN EDUCATED POPULACE WE MIGHT NOT HAVE SO MUCH CRIME TO BEGIN WITH!!!! BUT UNTIL THEN WE ARE SUBJECT TO THESE GANGSTERS AND THE GOVERNMENTS IGNORANCE OF THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE PROBLEMS WICH ARE THE OVER POPULATION OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN THE UNITED STATES WHO HAVE SUCKED THE SCHOOLS DRY OF MONEY TO TEACH ENGLISH AND BASIC HYGENE!!! NOT TO MENTION THE THIRD WORLD DISEASES THAT THEY HAVE BROUGHT TO OUR HOSPITALS AND SCHOOLS!!! EVER HEAR OF MERSA?! OR DRUG RESISTANT TERBUERCULOSIS?? THE SWINE FLU IS NOT THE SWINE FLU EITHER IT IS A MEXICAN FLU!!! WHEN ARE WE GOING TO START USING COMMON SENSE INSTEAD OF POLITICALLY CORRECT SENSE THAT ENSURES A STEADY SUPPLY OF IGNORANT VOTERS TO ELECT THESE CROOKS AND LIERS!?

This isn't about cannabis.

This isn't about cannabis. It's about meth, coke and heroin. The money made from cannabis is a joke, compared to the REAL money...

There is no easy answer here. You won't find the solution in a few paragraphs online. It's far more complex and insidious than that.

Heh, not relevant much, but

Heh, not relevant much, but in colombia pot is $10 a pound and comes stuffed tight in cereal boxes. they only plant it around the edges of the coca fields because the hemp stops erosion. the coca goes for a lot more...

Down Mexico Way

This is some serious shit North America has not seen the likes of before.
These prehistoric misfit ba$tards support a group of greasy ALIEN 7th century prehistoric misfit ba$tards:islam.

They're facilitating the illegal invasion of many nations to drain America of its lifeblood and livelihood.

These are not "gangs": They are TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS.

If you're going to smoke marijuana, BE REAL.Support your nearby,local,regional,AMERICAN pot grower.
Curse the paramilitary corrupt banditos South of the Border and keep that American green in your hometown.

These freaks aren't playin' and they sure could use some air-to-ground excitement via the U.S. Armed Forces.

A couple of their hideouts leveled while the scum inside scramble during their daily activation of a new cell phone.
No reason whatsoever to be tolerating this BS in Texas ,Arizona, or anywhere else.

Past and Present

Todays current prohibition (marijuana) is far from comparable to past prohibition (alcohol) in the sense that its no longer tommy guns used in fighting gang wars. It takes little research to see that these organizations have access to MILITARY GRADE weaponry. Thats right I'm talkin automatic rifles, grenade launchers, and R.P.G's. Unless we take quick action this violence may not just be at the nations door step but your mother's, father's, sister's, brother's ect.

Lol what??

I got news for you. A Thompson 45 cal. machine gun (Tommy gun) WAS a military grade weapon. Not to mention grenades or explosives in general are NOTHING new. Read a history book. They have indeed evolved but such is the nature of technology. Blaming the weapons for the evil deeds indeed proves your limited understanding, and inherent fear of weaponry. I would be more afraid of the hearts of men..

You want to site a CHANGE THAT IS NEW, site the invention of the internet or cell phones that create VAST increases in communication and organization capabilities, not to mention information theft and bank fraund capabilities that are also inherent in these technologies..

The beast has grown too large to feed and is now eating its handlers and neighbors. We cannot control it, but we CAN destroy it through starvation, via IMMEDIATE and enforced legalization.

FUCKED UP

I saw what those cartels do to opponents anyone intersted in seeing for themselves peep bestgore.com

yes,I do know...

It's not the average american that won't legalize,it's the damned politicians that won't listen to us when we tell them to legalize.All we can do is vote them out,and vote in someone who will do the right thing.Kinda like obama who said he wouldn't go after med marijuana people or dispenseries.We have seen again that he was full of shit.And the beat goes on...

You know...

If we don't do something soon, and I mean within months, the Mexican Drug Cartels are going to own everything. It makes me wonder how much they already own and how deep their tentacles go into the US and Mexican governments. Honestly, this is a very scary situation.

Whether you believe that using cannabis for recreation is good or bad you should still see the fact that if the US doesn't legalize, tax and regulate the stuff very soon, all Hell is going to break loose on American soil, not just in Mexico, because the Mexican Drug Cartels will become the new US government.

How much bloodshed, theft, loss of power and control, human rights infringements, incarceration, waste of taxpayer dollars, and horror will it take before America wakes up from the nightmare lie that is the "War on Drugs" and when will they actually do something that makes a difference?

The War on Drugs is not any such thing. Perhaps they had good intentions in the beginning, but friends, this has turned into all-out war on the American people. This is the American Civil War of the 20th and 21st Centuries veiled in the lie that is the "War on Drugs." It cannot go on much longer before something breaks and frankly, I don't think John and Joan Q. Public are going to be ready for that day.

"...because the Mexican Drug

"...because the Mexican Drug Cartels will become the new US government."

I know that's slightly worse than what we have today, but really, how much worse is it?

The CIA does with cocaine what these new Mexican Mafias are widely purported to be doing with crystal meth.
The US government is also an international arms dealer fueling much of the least necessary bloodshed in the world.
If fact I can't think of one way the federal bureaucracies of the U.S. Government don't act exactly like their (illegitimate) criminal counterparts. I'm not trying hard to think of any though so can anyone help compare the two?

It's really not that bad when you think about it.

not to mention the United

not to mention the United States Executive branch had a secret assassination squad, and they admit to torture, still a lot like a meth cartel here...

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