History of Mexican Drug Cartels and their Influence on Mexico

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This paper aims to examine the history of the Mexican drug cartels, their inceptions and growth over time as well as their political influence in Mexico. The political aspect of the Mexican drug cartels will not only focus on internal politics but also on the diplomatic relationship between Mexico and other neighboring countries because of the drug trade perpetrated by the cartels.

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History of Mexican Drug Cartels and their Influence on MexicoNameCourse Date IntroductionThe Mexican drug cartels are some of the violent gangs in the world and their influence extends to many of the Mexican states and crosses over to neighboring countries such as the United States of America1. Over time, Mexican drug cartels such as the Sinaloa cartel and Los Zetas have expanded their operations, formed alliances and consequently gained so much political power to influence the Mexican politics. They pose a massive threat to the stability of Mexico and other neighboring countries where their market is concentrated. This paper aims to examine the history of the Mexican drug cartels, their inceptions and growth over time as well as their political influence in Mexico. The political aspect of the Mexican drug cartels will not only focus on internal politics but also on the diplomatic relationship between Mexico and other neighboring countries because of the drug trade perpetrated by the cartels.History of the Mexican Drug Cartels The drug industry in Mexico has evolved to become sophisticated and dangerous as it is today. The history of the drug trade traces back to the early years of the twentieth century2. Driven by demand from the home country, Mexico, and other neighboring countries like the U.S, the drug cultivation and transportation business started to bloom. The first Mexican drug cartels thrived after identification of a loophole created by legisla

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