first published on June 26, 2018 by Josh
Guerra Contra El Narcotráfico en México, also known as the Mexican War on Drugs, is a low intensity conflict between the government forces of Mexico and a number of drug trafficking organizations. Since 2006. when the Mexican government officially began intervening in cartel operations, 12,456 cartel members have been killed, with another 121,199 cartel members being detained. Of those 121,199 cartel members that have been detained, roughly 8,500 have been convicted in violent crimes involving the movement of drugs. On top of these numbers, 4,020 Federal, State, and Municipal Police officers have been killed, with 395 servicemen killed, and 137 servicemen missing in action.
The primary focus of federal government forces in Mexico is to interdict cartel operations in order to prevent violent crime from happening in their country. In doing this, they hope that they can seriously hinder cartel operations, even hoping to cause some of them to collapse from within. Preventing drug trafficking is something that the Mexican government has left to the better equipped, funded, and manned organizations of the United States to their north.
As of 2007, Mexican drug cartels controlled 90% of all cocaine being trafficked into the United States. Analysts estimate that wholesale earnings from illicit drug sales range from $13.6 to $49.4 billion annually. These are the men and women of the Mexican government who go out everyday to stop the reign of terror from an ever increasing number of Mexican drug cartels.