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Mexican Drug Cartels
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The Scope and Effects of the Illicit Drug Trade Caused by Mexican Drug Cartels
Abstract
As the country’s attention remains focused on whether a peaceful transition of presidential power will take place during a period in America’s history when the Covid-19 global pandemic continues to ravage the nation’s health and economy, it is easy to overlook the profound threat represented by Mexican drug cartels. Indeed, some authorities estimate that as many as one hundred thousand people have died in drug cartel conflicts since 2006, and this figure does not take into account the tens of thousands of American lives that are lost in the federal government’s ill-fated war on drugs. Against this backdrop, it is reasonable to question why tens of billions of scarce taxpayer dollars continue to be spent on a “war” that is claiming thousands of American lives each year without any substantive return on these investments. The…

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