Disturbing Facts About Mexican Drug Cartels

on Apr, 03 2017 in Facts/Information 7848 views
Mexican drug cartels hit the headlines on a pretty regular basis, usually for some outrageously violent act or another. But if you only look at isolated incidents, you don’t get the full picture. There were 20,766 murders in Mexico in 2016. Reported kidnappings jumped from 428 to 1,128 over the last decade. Most of those numbers are blamed on the work of the Mexican cartels. According to the 2015 Congressional Research Service report, more than 80,000 people were killed between 2006 and 2015 because of drug cartel violence.

The Mexican drug business originated along the Pacific Coast in the Sinaloa region for one simple reason — the pot and the poppies grew there. Over time, the cartels grew, developing a kind of steal from the rich image in the public eye by using their riches to benefit local communities. As a PR strategy, it worked. When the Mexican government arrested El Chapo in 2014, the people of Sinaloa filled the streets to demonstrate for his release.

The Mexican military has been in the picture since 2007 when then-president Felipe Calderón decided to use troops against the cartels, but that seems only to have escalated the violence. Nowadays, a drug cartel map of Mexico would show all but a few small areas of the country under the influence of one cartel or another, which today number 8. In the end, there’s one fact at the bottom of it all – the violence and chaos caused by cartel activities, including the mayhem inflicted on innocent bystanders, is largely fueled by US drug sales that are estimated between $19 and $29 billion every year. Here’s a look at some of the lesser known, but still shocking, facts about the Mexican cartels.