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January 2016: El Chapo, head of the Sinaloa cartel, is arrested. Rival factions fight for control of his empire. The Sinaloa cartel still smuggles thousands of tons of illegal drugs into America. They traffic heroin, cocaine and meth but their biggest earner is … marijuana. Dope s2e3: Even If They Didn’t Pay Me, I’d Still Do It, Netflix 2018
Mexican cartels earn up to $29 billion a year from the US drug trade. ibid.
May 2017 was Mexico’s deadliest month since records began with 2,186 killings. ibid.
In 2016 CBP [Customs & Border Protection] seized over 600 tons of marijuana. Half the weed seizures along the south-west border were in the Tucson sector. ibid.
Mexico is at war with itself. The country is being torn apart by cartels fighting over the $30 billion drug trade. Acapulco was once a glamorous holiday paradise; now, it’s the fourth most violent city in the world. A place where a thousand people were murdered last year alone. Now the army has been deployed on the streets. Reggie Yates, The Insider: Inside a Mexican Drug War, BBC 2016
They’re trained mercenaries. Their code of silence unparalleled. Their ruthlessness unquestioned. Los Zetas are one of America’s deadly gangs, and those who stand in their way pay a gruesome price. The gang already controls Mexico, and their sights are set on the American side of the border. Gangland s3e11: To Torture or to Kill, History 2008
Spanning the Rio Grande is the World Trade Bridge – the main road connection between the two countries. ibid.
Los Zetas smuggle tons of narcotics across the US border. The drugs are worth billions. ibid.
They are also willing to sacrifice the innocent to get what they want. ibid.
On the Mexican side they flaunt their power. ibid.
For the past several years Los Zetas have been at war with their chief rival the Sinaloa Cartel. ibid.
The most lucrative drugs corridor in the world. ibid.
The Cartel formed in the 1930s as a family business. ibid.
The story of how cocaine took America by storm starts here in a Connecticut federal prison where this man is locked up for car theft: Carlos Lehder … Lehder’s cellmate is an American with a passion for aviation, George Jung, a hippy misfit who specialised in smuggling marijuana from Mexico to the US on small planes. America’s War on Drugs II: Cocaine, Cartels & Crackdowns, History 2017
1989: US cocaine market from Mexico: 30%; 1999: US cocaine market from Mexico 85%. America’s War on Drugs III: Gangs, Prisons & Meth Queens
The ongoing violence in Mexico has little effect on the business of drugs incorporated. Every year fifty-one billion dollars’ worth of cocaine floods across the border into the US. The Mexican cartels purchase their cocaine from the South American country of Colombia. Drugs Inc s1e1: Cocaine, 2010
Across the globe economic hardship hits major cities and small towns alike. But one business continues to thrive: the Drug Trade. It’s a business worth over three hundred and fifty billion dollars. Drugs Inc s4e11: The Drug Makers, National Geographic 2013
The worldwide market for marijuana varieties is huge. ibid.
Most of the marijuana that hits the streets of the US comes from the Mexican cartels. ibid.
Meth ... by way of the ever present arm of the Mexican cartels. ibid.
There is a constant global demand for cocaine. ibid.
Trust sells black tar heroin, named for its dark gooey consistency. It’s grown from poppies in Mexico. Drugs Inc s4e13: Best in the Business
Mexico’s most feared cartel is closing in. Drugs Inc s5e1: Salt Lake Sinners
When the Cartel [Sinaloa] wants someone gone they call Commander X. Drugs Inc s6e4: Super Meth
America is in the grip of a Crystal Meth epidemic. ibid.
Their latest trick is to traffick Meth in liquid form hidden in gas tanks and drink bottles. It makes the drug more difficult to detect. ibid.
The Sinaloa cartel is estimated to make $3 billion a year from drug trafficking. Drugs Inc s6e8: Cartel Chaos
The Cancun Strip, Mexico: Thousands of American college students head to the Strip to enjoy one long beach party. Drugs Inc s7e4: Cancun Spring Break
Guys that work with two major drug gangs that rule the roost: the Sinaloa and the Gulf Cartels. ibid.
Tiny is the first point of call for cartel mules crossing the border east of Laredo. He’s expecting a new shipment to push up the line … The US/Mexico border is ground zero for narcotics heading north. Drugs Inc s7e21: Chasing the High
Cancun: where the party never stops. Where Cartel enforcers operate in the shadows. Drugs Inc s7e22: Cartel Games
The Sinaloa Cartel is the most powerful drug trafficking organisation in the world. ibid.
The US government spends billions of dollars fighting the Mexican drugs cartels. But the Americans stand accused of getting too close to some of the world’s most notorious criminals. This World: Secrets of Mexico’s Drug War, BBC 2015
American law enforcement helped the gangs. ibid.
In 2008 the focus shifted to another commodity: heroin produced in Mexico. ibid.
For several years they simply deposited the cash in the bank ... HSBC. ibid.
They are business first, and if you get in the way of business they are going to kill you. Sara A Carter, reporter The Washington Times
The Corridor is so important to the drugs cartels because that is how they move their supply. Sara A Carter
Video offers a brutal glimpse of the drug cartel. The Dallas Morning News
I volunteered: ‘Me, me, me, me, I’ll kill them!’ Reta, Los Zetas
We had two murders in broad daylight here in Laredo. And at that point we knew that things were not going to get better. Janice Ayala, ICE agent
Be very careful about taxis in this city. Scam City s2e2: Mexico City, National Geographic 2012
Express kidnapping carried out by bogus taxi drivers. ibid.
Cops who are kidnappers. ibid.
Mexico is at war. A war for control of its own country. Against a rich and powerful enemy: the Mexican drug cartels. Narco Bling, National Geographic 2013
These narco-traffickers live in a world of astonishing wealth and extravagance … The Mausoleums are air-conditioned. ibid.
The government had committed more than 40,000 troops to fight the war against the drug cartels. ibid.
Some cartels are as rich as nations. ibid.
Chapo Guzman ran his businesses from prison for eight years. ibid.
Methamphetamine: more than 80% of the Meth that is sold in the US comes from Mexico. ibid.
The US/Mexican border: Mexican cartels now dominate a billion-dollar industry exporting undocumented migrants. Underworld Inc s1e3: Human Cargo, National Geographic 2015
462,000 people a day pass legally into the US. ibid.