The Cartels: The Story of Mexico's Most Dangerous Criminal Organizations and Their Impact on U.S. Security

The Cartels: The Story of Mexico's Most Dangerous Criminal Organizations and Their Impact on U.S. Security

by George W. Grayson

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Overview

The Cartels: The Story of Mexico's Most Dangerous Criminal Organizations and Their Impact on U.S. Security by George W. Grayson

An up-to-date examination of Mexico's version of the "War on Drugs" that exposes the evolution of major cartels and their corruption of politicians, law-enforcement agencies, and the Army.


• Documents the origins of Mexico's drug industry to explain today's situation involving a graft-ridden Army, suborned police, ruthless capos, unethical office-holders, and U.S. security forces

• Emphasizes the threat that the widespread criminality represents to the United States, as well as the constraints on Washington's ability to solve its neighbor's crisis

• Exposes the linkages between elected officials, particularly governors, and the underworld

• Illustrates the challenges that will remain, even if the cartels were shattered, by the presence of a human infrastructure of 500,000 men, women, and children skilled in kidnapping, extortion, torture, murder for hire, human smuggling, and dozens of other crimes

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440829864
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2013
Series: Praeger Security International Series
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

George W. Grayson, PhD, is professor emeritus at the College of William & Mary; associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA; and senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 The Ten Commandments and "El Padrino" 22

2 The United States Seeks Interdiction of Drugs from Colombia 35

3 Shift in Cocaine Flows, the Gulf Cartel, and Los Zetas 50

4 The Sinaloa Cartel: Its Allies and Adversaries 66

5 Calderón's Approach to the Drug War 86

6 Impact of the "Militarized Drug War" on Mexican Society 117

7 Peña Nieto's Approach to Combating Cartel Violence 160

8 The Rule of Law 184

9 The Enablers 201

10 Conclusions 217

Appendices 227

A History of Drug Activities 228

B Major Colombian Cartels 233

C Evolution of the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas 236

D Phases in the Development of the Arellano Félix Organization 241

E Losses Suffered by the Arellano Felix Organization 244

F Overview of Cartels 247

G Summary of Cartels and Their Characteristics 251

H Prominent Kingpins Arrested/Balled during Calderón Administration 255

I Clashes between Military and Civilian Police: 2007-2011 259

J Military Budgets and Desertions 264

K Mexico's Major Federal Law-Enforcement Agencies and Grassroots Forces at the Beginning of the Pená Nieto Administration 265

L Advisory Council for the Pact for Mexico 267

M Perpetrators of "Rough Justice" in Guerrero 268

Notes 271

Selected Bibliography 299

Index 305

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