Drug is used to buy power in Michoacan Ppl believe campaign against la fam

Drug is used to buy power in michoacan ppl believe

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Drug $ is used to buy power in Michoacan -Ppl believe campaign against la fam should be more focused on weakening their finances with more intelligence-driven investigative work → more focus on judicial and police professionalization -Obsession w/ power could be its downfall/Achilles heel
-Valdez: MX DTOs -Cartels -7 major cartels working in MX -Demise of Cali and Medellin Cartel leadership in Colombia allowed MX cartels to come to power bc gave them opportunity expand operations for illegal drug trafficking -When key cartel leaders were taken into custody mid level leaders stepped up → ^^ in violence bc they tried to intervene/step in -Collateral Issues -Corruption -Street gangs exist in MX as well as the cartels → issue of ignoring street gangs and just focusing on cartels -Growing pop of drug users and addiction in MX -Cartels taking advantage of arms trafficking -Expansion of drug armies that were initially formed to protect the cartels → outgun local and fed police and can consist of ex- state/fed police + private citizens -Transnational Characteristics -American citizens + fed agents getting kidnapped -Phoenix = the “kidnap” capital of the US → victims often drug dealers who don’t want police attention -Atlanta = hub for distribution and the collection of drug monies for MX cartels -$ = umbrella to connect all gangs and is most effective weapon any gang can use (corruption) -Solutions? -Suggested border security: completely shutting it down, biometric identification, vehicle inspections done on both sides of the border, etc. -President Calderon: new law that requires all national, state, and municipal police force to adopt uniform procedures for training, operations, etc. -Penal code is fine but US & MX should collectively enact new laws that are specifically designed for smugglers -Similar programs should be implemented along S. MX- Guatemalan - Belize borders too or else if just do one then cartels will just resort to using the other

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