Drug NAFTA: More Mexican Cartels in the United States, but Americans Are Doing the Smuggling

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We took their drugs
It can be hard to figure out exactly what to make of the evil, ugly specter known as Mexican drug cartels. A pair of investigative reports, conducted by the Associated Press and the Center for Investigative Reporting, have given us some conclusions to chew on -- and together, they paint an odd picture.

Citing law enforcement and court cases, the AP reported this week an unprecedented increase in activity north of the border by high-level cartel members -- a Sinaloa cartel boss, for example, is now the city of Chicago's public enemy no. 1. But meanwhile, the drug mules getting caught taking dope across the border? Four out of five are Americans, the CIR reported, roped into the drug game by debt, extortion or plain thirst for profits.

In other words, it's NAFTA in reverse -- we're taking their jobs, but meanwhile, they're taking up the corner office. 
Millennials may not remember it well, but there was no shortage of screaming in the United State and Canada over the North American Free Trade Agreement, which ended protective tariffs and opened up the border to trade. This would kill American jobs, the argument went, because companies could take advantage of cheap labor and manufacture south of the border and then not pay an import penalty in the form of a tariff when bringing the product back north.

NAFTA nowadays is a non-issue; Canada and Mexico are the top two purchasers of American exports, while Canada and Mexico are the no. 2 and no. 3 suppliers of goods imported into the United States. It would seem shipping and retail jobs have supplanted any worry over lost manufacturing jobs.

But let us return to drugs. The United States is the top market for the drug trade dominated by the Mexican drug cartels. That seems indisputable. And the AP, citing law enforcement and court records, reports that high-level operatives are working in U.S. cities in levels never before seen. "These days, we operate as if Chicago is on the border," an official with the Office of National Drug Control Policy said.

It's unclear exactly what that means or what law enforcement plans to do about it -- aside from putting an increasing number of Americans behind bars for doing the cartels' bidding. 

More Americans than ever before are being caught by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers at the border, sometimes with incredible volume of drugs -- like the 36-year-old U.S. Naval Academy graduate busted with 1,100 pounds of marijuana.

"When the person's immigration status is noted, a U.S. citizen is involved in drug trafficking - including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine -- 60 percent of the time," the CIR reported. "For marijuana busts of 1,000 pounds or more, the percentage climbs to more than two-thirds."

And while it may seem odd to a Californian used to Oaksterdam's finest or the latest complaints about California medical marijuana shipped out of state, the cartels have "doubled down" on marijuana smuggling, the CIR reported. Eighty percent of ALL marijuana seized in the U.S. was taken in the border regions by Border Patrol, the CIR reported.


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hplovecraft
hplovecraft topcommenter

The Mexican drug cartel has actually taken over a federal property ; U.S. Post Office at 101 Hyde

and Golden Gate sts.! They virtually control it now..

adalberto_cervantes_
adalberto_cervantes_

Is it increasing the cowardly of internal unfair competition in IT businesses that stimulate the lack of productivity and economic development in the USA?

There is a necessity for the American companies to hire top level citizens coming from the BRIC countries because they can use again our economic models, industrial engineer models specially the ABC technique, American accounting to increase the competitiveness internally because of the cowardly way of doing businesses of the BRIC countries. They know the weaknesses and strengths of those economies and challenge the way of doing businesses in the American way. We really need the best of the best in USA instead of been kept in the BRIC countries while sending us high school students (freshers) to destroy the American economy. We cannot mix the harvesting labor with the IT labor is pretty different, we need food and these people is expertise doing it by hand, but in IT labor we need the best of the best, we cannot continue receiving low level people.

We know that there are CEOs military commanding the American companies currently but it is not working at all what they are doing, we do not have economic development and increase in productivity in this economic crisis.

Of course that it is necessary a military strategy in the American Companies because of the cowardly procedure of the BRIC countries working in the States and abroad competing with us, and using technology as drones is part of the solution.

We need to intensify the use of the reengineering of the ERP using the America accounting and industrial engineer models like the ABC technique to increase the productivity, and enforce the SOX worldwide, we cannot continue not looking money laundry, illegal and legal business mix up because of the lack of American productivity now a days.

We cannot continue having development if we continue using socialist or communist ideas in our companies while the benefits of this lack of unfair competiveness go to the BRIC countries, using their monopolies located in the States. The American Dream is almost killed by the cowardly of these socialist and communist monopolies while they are closing American markets abroad.

elvagotrago
elvagotrago

But they only come here to make a better life and to work hard at the jobs lazy Americans won't do.  YOu mean to tell me they are dealing drugs?  How racist of you!

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