Recently the Mexican Army seized 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in the western state of Jalisco. This amount is said to be equivalent to half of all meth seizures worldwide in 2009 and has an estimated U.S. street value of $4 billion. While most are familiar with Mexican importation of marijuana and Columbian cocaine, the importation of meth is a relatively new trend in the importation of elicit drugs from Mexico.
The reasons for Mexican importation of meth are many. For one, meth is another source of revenue for the drug cartels. If the drug cartels can find a new way to increase their revenue, they are certain to take advantage of it. The second reason, going along with the first, is that Mexico can produce the meth themselves without the reliance on Columbia that is necessary in cocaine importation. By cutting out the middle man, they are able to reap more profits.
Such a large seizure being made calls into question the efforts of Mexican authorities in policing the illegal drug trade. How was it possible to stockpile 15 tons of meth? Certainly United States officials will be asking questions of Mexican authorities in the wake of this seizure. This latest seizure is another prime example of the multitude of problems facing Mexican as well as U.S. law enforcement in policing the drug trade. How should the U.S. respond to this latest seizure? How could the U.S. and Mexico combine their resources to better police the drug trade?
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