Drug Trafficking in the United States
June 5, 2011
Professor Elizabeth Myers
Drug trafficking has been a problem in the U.S. for many centuries. What is drug trafficking? Drug trafficking involves selling drugs and drug paraphernalia, whether it is a local exchange between a user and a dealer or a major international operation. This is problem that affects the entire nation (http://www.ehow.com/facts_5549701_drug-trafficking.html).
Drug trafficking is an illegal business. The risk factors are arrest and/or imprisonment if caught. Drug dealers are also faced with many dilemmas. They must know how to attract customers without attracting the attention of the police. This illegal act is considered informal social activities (John C. Cross. The International Journal of Sociology and Social policy. Petrington: 2000. Vol.20, Iss.9/10;pg.68, 27pgs).
As a drug dealer, the greatest risk is the police, the criminal justice system, and those that compete for the same business. Each day they are faced with the risk of violence to themselves and their families. Most violence often leads to death. This need for speed has lead to a wide range of robbery, kidnapping, extortions, and many other costly acts.
Until we come together fight for the future of our country, drug trafficking will continue to have an impact on our youth, race and ethnicity. It is an industry that will continue to grow. I think laws have to become stricter to stop the flow of drug trafficking. This highly organized crime must stop if we are to have any type of future. Our lives are priceless, and we are simply in a race against time.
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In the 1970’s, twenty million people had experimented with some form of illegal substance; by 2007 some 138 million had (Copyright New York Times Company Aug 1, 2010).
Since the 70’s the use and distribution of drugs has intensified. It has plaque our economic, political, and social cultures. Societies have attempted to regulate mind-altering substances, prohibit them or establish some sort of moral control over their use, possession and distribution (Del Olmo 1).
In the 70’s laws were put into place for the use and sell of drugs. With these prohibitive laws firmly in place, drugs lost their exclusive use value and acquired exchange values as commodities, subject laws of supply and demand (Del Olmo 2).
This created a black market for free enterprise and capitalism.
While there are many forms of drugs the most popular seem to be cocaine, heroin and marijuana. Most of these can be found in places like Mexico, Columbia, Jamaica and other surrounding areas (Economist 35).
They are the ones who produce these drugs and then trade them to the United States. It is a problem that is taking over our American cultures.
Mexico is considered to be a High Intensity Drug Trafficking area, and its main drug of choice for distribution is marijuana (Aguirre, 2004; Auerhahn, 1999; Bonnie &Whitebread, 1970, 1974 Hayes & Bowery, 1931; Morgan, 1990).
Mexico and its surrounding areas have been battling for many years for control over smuggling routes. Many police officers and police chiefs who work these routes are threaten, killed, or kidnapped (Copyright Scholastic Inc. Apr. 4, 2011).
In the town of Praxedis a 20 year old police chief made headlines. After four months on the force she fled to the U.S. because of death threats. Many are simply kidnapped and never heard of again.
For many years Mexican drug trafficking organizations have acted as a mere transport for a more powerful Columbian Cartels. All they had to do was smuggle the drugs across the border to the U.S. As more trades were made Mexicans became greedy, they demanded a portion of drugs for their services. This is how Mexicans became part of this wholesale business (Blair3).
... place, but the Mexican revolutionary leaders were more interested in political survival them controlling the drug trafficking. Poppy culture already existed in Mexico since 1886 ... on political protection to help them traffic the drugs. The political control on drug trafficking has changed throughout the years. Before the 1940’s governors of producing ...
The DEA states that the Mexicans are becoming more powerful than the Columbians. Sure the Columbians had control over the drug supply in the 80’s, but since then Mexicans now controls one third of the drug trades in the U.S. They control 20% of heroin sales, and 85% of methamphetamine sales, and the majority of marijuana sales (McGraw 34).
It is disturbing to hear about the deaths, shootouts, and unthinkable violence in Mexico. However this war on drugs is hurting their economy in many ways. Without the production of drugs they simply can’t function. Many will go hungry, homeless, jobless, and the violence will only progress. We are all at risk especially in the United States.
The illegal drug market in the United States is one of the most profitable in the world. This market attracts some of the most ruthless, sophisticated, aggressive drug traffickers. The U.S. Custom service estimates some 60 million people enter the U.S. each year. They travel in forms of commercial and private flights, sea, land, and vehicles. Usually the more diverse groups traffic and distribute these illegal drugs .
Cocaine is widely spread in the U.S. It continues to threaten the health and safety of American citizens. One would think it would more consumption in the lower class sector of the economy, when in fact it has become more aggressive in the more suburban areas. This balances the system which will create more violence and crime for our country.
It is a plague that threatens our nation in every way, be it social, economic, geographic, or education. Here and now I’m worried about our youth. What will become of them if they use or sell at an early age? They will suffer a life long dependency on a substance like cocaine or heroine. Many will make unhealthy choices, which will lead to unwanted pregnancy or exposure to STD’s. And those that are using while pregnant, risk the chance of causing a birth defect or death to the infant .
Drug Trafficking of College Students in the United States: Are Parents and Academics responsible to stop it? Drug dealing on college campuses currently presents one of the most challenging problems on the US social and legal agenda. The cases of drug trafficking are serious and require immediate attention from the responsible bodies. The tendency of drug dealings on college campuses is increasing ...
The primary goal of the U.S. international control policy is suppose to be design to stem the flow of foreign drugs into this country. While there have been a number of attempts to reshape this policy, roughly $750 billion of illegal funds are being laundered internationally each year. With a figure like this it’s no wonder there is lack of funding for schools, nursing homes, emergency forces. The U.S. plans to find a way to stop the production of crops before they are produce into drug form. They feel if they eliminate the supply this will eliminate the demand http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/crs/rl33582.pdf .
Reducing drug trafficking in the United States is not only vital for today’s generation, its important for our future generations. The war on drugs has dated as far back as 1971, when Nixon called this crisis public enemy number 1. This is an issue all U.S. citizens must address. The U.S. has been dealing with drug cartels since the early 1900’s. Since that time still one problem remains; how does the government stop drugs from crossing the U.S. border? This is a war that has plagued our society for many years. Its effects are deadly to our society and it is the most important fight of our life http://www.associatedcontent.com .
I think more time and effort should be put into reducing the flow of drug trafficking. Police and other enforcement agency need to quit accepting bribes for said acts; their actions are only adding fuel to the fire. Let’s face it this problem won’t go away unless we decide enough is enough. Sure we can have all the rehab places in the world, but a person has to want to quit.
These problems we face everyday with the trafficking of drugs won’t simply go away. It is truly a fight for the future. I think this is due to the high demand our society implement each day. It controls ones lively hood. Most need it for greed and others for speed. Either way it affects everyone in some way or another.
I am a living witness; it can take your family away in the blink of an eye. My younger brother would still be alive if he wasn’t selling. My older brother wouldn’t have committed suicide had he not use at an early age, a problem that progressed until age 30 when he passed. My mom was an alcoholic and chronic smoker, which lead to heart disease and eventually a stroke at age 50, and a father who is still using crack as a part of his daily ritual.
Drug Trafficking in Mexico: Social, Ethical and Political Problem. Around 20 years ago in Mexico, reading about someone getting his or her head cut-off was something from a horror movie, but times have changed now. Now it is not uncommon to hear about shootings, massacres, or people getting dissolved in acid. Nowadays, reporters have to cut back on whatever news they have for the media. Almost ...
In my defense we have to get stricter laws to reduce the flow of drug trafficking in America. Time is precious, our future is now. We fight to keep laws in place that will hopefully one day put an end to this madness.
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