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Mexican drug trafficking organizations are highly organized drug trafficking organizations that have billions of dollars, the latest technology, hundreds of thousands members, modern weaponry, and are notorious for their use of terror.
There are many drug cartels operating in present Mexico (Gulf Cartel, Sinaloa Cartel, Juarez Cartel, Tijuana Cartel, Valencia, Los Zetas, etc).
Even though in the recent years the major drug trafficking organizations have formed alliances with one another there is still a lot of drug related violence and turf wars.
Mexican drug trafficking organizations become increasingly powerful in the 1995-2009 due to the demise of the Columbia's drug cartels.
Nowadays, they are so powerful that they represent the biggest threat to the Mexico's security. This threat is so big that according to the recent report of the U.S. government Mexico may face a rapid and sudden collapse due to its drug problems.
It is for this reason that in 2006 the newly elected Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared war to Mexican drug trafficking organizations and made combating drug cartels a top priority of his administration.
The dedication of the President Calderon's administration to combat the Mexican drug cartels and to take back the control of Mexico resulted in cocaine shortages in more than 40 U.S. cities and a 25% increase in the retail price of cocaine in 2007. In other words Mexican government seriously damaged drug cartels, financially and otherwise.
However this Mexican government campaign against drug trafficking organizations also resulted in the escalation of violence and use of terror by the drug cartels members in order to intimidate the Mexican people and government agents.
The main message that drug cartels are sending to the government agents is "Join us or Die". With these tactics of intimidation and tactics of corruption of law enforcement officials drug cartels are trying to scare, demoralize or bribe government officials and agents.
Fortunately there are still brave and honorable Mexican men that cannot be intimidated or bribed. Those men will win this Mexican drug war and by doing so they will free their country from this drug plague.
The drug war that takes place in Mexico is an armed conflict between drug cartels and Mexican forces of low and order.
This armed conflict started in December 2006 and it claimed over 12 000 lives, including more than 1 000 government forces, in the past three years.
Unfortunately, this drug war is an ongoing conflict in which more than dozen of people loose their lives on daily basis.
Nowadays, Mexican drug cartels are one of the most powerful criminal organizations in the world and represent great threat to the Mexican government and security of Mexico.
Mexican government was tolerating the violence between drug cartels until the end of 2006 when newly elected presided Felipe Calderon declared war to the drag cartels by sending federal troops to put an end to drug violence in certain Mexican states.
Drug cartels have billions of dollars, more than 300 000 members, modern weaponry, satellite navigations, submarines and many other things that makes them very serious opponent to Mexican government.
Therefore if Mexican government wants to win this Mexican drug war it needs to invest more money and men power in this struggle against criminals. Also, equally important, it needs to effectively deal with the corruption.
Use of terror is widely practiced by drug cartels and it is getting worse every year. For example, cartel members are known for dismembering the bodies of their opponents and tossing body parts in crowded streets, clubs or other public places.
Even though these gruesome crimes are committed in order to let citizens know who is wining the war and to scare government forces, the effect is quite opposite from the one intended.
People of Mexico are very angry and government agents are highly motivated because they realize that they are not only fighting criminals but also for the survival of their country.
An illustration that what is said above is not exaggerated is recent report of the U.S. government in which is highlighted and emphasized that Mexico bears consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse due to its drug problems.