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How Pablo Escobar and other drug lords indirectly started the Mexico drug crisis

Posted on 19 February 2018 by admin (0)

Contemporary movies are filled with depictions of Mexico as a stronghold of drugs and drug-related crimes. Criminals from the USA attempt to cross the border in order to evade arrest. Large shipments of cocaine and cannabis are trafficked by gun carrying men speaking Spanish with large tattoos on their bodies. All of these have created an impression of Mexico as a hub of hardened drug criminals.
On one or more occasions, the question may arise in your mind: “Is the drug situation in Mexico really as bad as they say it is?” The answer is yes… and it’s actually a little worse. Today, Mexico is the highest supplier of drugs to the United States all over the world with local consumption on a steady rise. A crackdown on the cartels has led to a bloody drug war since 2006. In 2017 alone, over 23,000 people died as a result of the drug war. This situation can be traced back to the time of the famous drug lord Pablo Escobar and we shall show you how.
A short history
Even before the establishment of large and organized drug cartels. Mexico had always been a very useful channel for the influx of illegal materials into the United States due to the shared border. Starting from the period between 1920 and 1933 when alcohol was placed under ban in the US, Mexicans and other nationalities made quick business by smuggling booze into the US.
At the end of the ban (popularly known as the prohibition). Illegal alcohol (now legal) was replaced by drugs pushed by small-time peddlers. By the 1960s and early 1970s when the illegal drug trade really got big. Mexico was a very favourable location for the cartels and dealers through which to push their products. Although most of these big-time drug lords were from other South American countries.
A very popular drug lord was the famous Pablo Escobar (Have you seen Narcos?) who was largely responsible for the supply of Narcotics to America. Following a crackdown on drugs by the American government, however, Escobar had to find an alternate route through which to deliver the “goods”. He found the already existing Mexican drug distribution system very useful and paid the organizers to help move his drugs.
At some point, the Mexicans decided to stop taking cash and get paid in drugs instead. This was most likely the foundation of the Mexican drug trade. Since the Mexican gangs now got paid in cocaine or heroin rather than cash. They were responsible for turning the “products” to money. The gangs had to play a more active role in the distribution and sales of the drugs. This majorly included activities like making contacts with buyers and the neutralization or bribing of security forces. The Mexican drug lords and cartels were therefore created. By the time Pablo Escobar was killed, they were able to take over the drug trade and control the supply both to the US and other parts of the world.
Perhaps if the medium of exchange had been cash throughout, the Mexican cartels would not have had an active role to play and the situation would be different. But like they say “that’s a totally different story”.