Mexican Cartels: Illegal drug trade expanding through US


Angelique Taylor

Various drugs get imported and exported from Mexico, profiting off of Americans and the high.

Angelique Taylor, Staff Writer

The illegal drug trade is the easiest way to earn money for organizations such as cartels, drug lords, or drug dealers. drugs have been around for centuries and there’s not much we can do to stop this outrage of exports and imports coming in and out of the United States all the way to the United Kingdom.

Conviction for being in possession or making and possessing drugs can range from four to years for life as well as up to a $20,000 fine (considering aggravating factors which can increase the years or fine) being guilty of exporting or importing drugs also counts as a verdict for years in prison with a high fine will decrease your ability for parole. 

Only 2000 miles away from the border, MDMA, Fetnayl, Cocaine, and Heroin are only one of the many drugs  that are exported and imported to the United States to the U.K. Drug Cartels in Mexico control 70% of narcotics distributed as well as Asian methamphetamine to the United States. Drug Trafficking is a $32 billion business depending on the drug, affecting communities globally and economically.

They export their drugs through their goons whether it be trading cars with somebody with a clean record, through boat, truck transportation or border crossing. This is becoming more prominent across America through Cartels especially in the state of California. The biggest Mexican cartel right now is the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, also known as Los Mata Zetas, which is the largest dangerous drug cartel gang. Which is possible for the important qualities that are coming in the United States, this cartel as well as other cartels resort to violence when things don’t go their way or someone tries to bring one of the gang members to the police. 

The Sinaloa Cartel is an active gang who export and import their drugs and illegal money laundering. They are responsible for one of the largest manufacturing of fentanyl distribution in the United States. The leader of this cartel is Ismael Zambada Garcia; they have been active since 1987. Sinaloa and other cartels are known to control many parts of Mexico. This cartel is known for it’s violence with torture and murder, which also contributed to the opioid crisis in the United States. This cartel as well as others will kill to keep their products safe, as well as torture people who say any word about it.  

These are only two of the many major cartels that are exporting and profiting from the illegal drug trade nation-wide including the United Kingdom and South Asia. This may be a good money-making business but it isn’t legal. The people who are imprisoned for drug exporting get these years to serve their time in jail.