They expand in U.S. cities such as Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas, but also in Asia and Africa,
According to the report, cocaine is what has given the cartels greater economic strength and Mexican groups have increased their presence from South America, through Europe and Australia, to Africa.
Regarding the U.S., cartels have increased their presence in outlets in cities like Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas.
For the vice president of Stratfor Analysis, Scott Stewart, despite dominating the market for cocaine, trafficking in marijuana and methamphetamine production are still an important source of income for the cartels.
“Cocaine trafficking produces billions of dollars that motivated and fund global expansion of Mexican organized crime groups, to enable them to buy boats and planes, paying smugglers and hitmen or bribe government officials,” the intelligence report .
The company noted that the current situation is very different from the 70s, when the Mexican cartels were hired by Colombian and Central American groups to move cocaine across the U.S. border, and received a payment of about $ 500 thousand per kilo.
Alert growth of Mexican Mafia
Mexican drug cartels are now “major players” in the global cocaine trade and work to seize the party is still out of control, said the private company Stratfor analysis.
According to Stratfor intelligence company specializing in the drug trade economy explains the behavior of Mexican drug cartels and said they have sought and largely succeeded in controlling the production, transportation and sale of cocaine, a drug acquired in approximately 2000-2000 $ 400 per kilo in producing countries and sold more than $ 24,000 in the U.S. and up to ten times more in Australia or Asia.
According to the analysis, the Mexican cartels have a growing role in cocaine trafficking from South America to Europe and Australia, have established presence in Africa, Asia and European countries and intensified efforts in the Dominican Republic and Haiti to increase its stake in the drug smuggling through the Caribbean to the United States.
In that country, the Mexican cartels have increased their presence in distribution points as Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas.
Scott Stewart, Stratfor VP of Analysis, recalled that the Mexican cartels are primarily commercial companies and that this is an extremely important factor when considering the motivations of those criminal organizations.
“Several factors differentiated business that have a profound impact on the behavior of the cartels,” he said, mentioning for example the growing and harvesting cycles of marijuana in the Sierra Madre Occidental and the industrialization of the production of methamphetamine.
Both are activities that provide strong returns for cartels, but can not compare to the benefits of the cocaine trade.
“While sales of marijuana have always been an important financial source for the Mexican cartels, the great benefits of the cocaine trade are those that have allowed them to be as powerful as they are today,” appropriated.
According to Stratfor, the cocaine produces “the billions of dollars” that motivated and fund the global expansion of the Mexican organized crime groups, to enable them to buy boats and planes, paying smugglers and “thugs” or bribing officials government.
The organization stressed that the current situation is very different from the 70s, when the Mexican cartels literally were hired by Colombian or Central groups to move cocaine through the border with the United States and received a payment of about $ 500 per thousand kilo.
Currently, the Mexican groups are found in virtually every step of the illegal trade of coca growing regions and especially in the transportation corridors, including consumer and market.
“With a business model of selling cocaine in more than ten times the cost of acquisition, and even more on the cost of production, it is no wonder that the competition between the various Mexican cartels for smuggling corridors through Mexico the United States tends to be very aggressive, “he said.
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1. – The governments involved must raise the fight against organized crime from a global perspective, and region to address the phenomenon.
2. – One of the subjects in fighting drug trafficking will be the possible legalization of these substances and whether this strategy would be regional.