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Xithras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-27-09 05:38 PM
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42. Not so true anymore. The top cartels have diversified.
Modern drug cartels are more like the old Italian mafia than the drug cartels of the 1980's. They still make a lot of money from drugs, but they also make a small fortune from protection rackets, kidnappings (a HUGE problem in Mexico that is already spilling into the US), and the establishment of criminal sub-rings to expedite everything from street level drug dealing to car theft. They run drugs, they are into human trafficking, and are growing arms traders.

The leaders aren't just druglords anymore, they're mafia don's overseeing criminal empires. They are also openly challenging the government in Mexico and are starting to act more like warlords and dictators. Some of the biggest have full-blown militias under their command.

Legalizing drugs will just cut their cash flow a bit and piss them off. They'll probably start shooting store clerks to scare stores away from "competing" with them.
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