Mexico North – The extent of Mexican cartel influence in the United States   (November 19, 2011)

Here at PanAmerican Crime Mexico and its cartels are the subject of constant scrutiny and debate. With over 40,000 people murdered in Mexico since the blatant violence began in 2006, it is easy to see why Mexico’s cartels are obviously the most devastating and important organized crime element to understand when discussing organized crime anywhere …

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The dissolution of the Gulf Cartel – Lessons amidst the bloodshed (November 19, 2011)

As the prohibition laws in the United States (US) came to a close on December 5, 1933, criminal organizations across the World wondered to themselves how they could replace their lost profits. Revenues from the illegal sale of liquor brought in billions of dollars by today’s currency standards, formalizing criminal groups such as the American …

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Expansion, violence and possible breakdown – all normal in Mexico (January 5, 2012)

As 2011 comes to a close and the new year begins in earnest the themes of change and rebirth seem to be on lips of everyone from politicians to journalists. In Mexico, however, the party never stops. Here, in the southern deserts, mountains and jungles of North America, the war between narcotics suppliers and competing …

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Confronting the horrors of presidential policy, November 23, 2012: The Mexican presidential election, the disintegration of Los Zetas, and their relationship to the scourge of human trafficking

The death of Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano on October 7, 2012, apparently changed everything. Lazcano, (alias Z – 3), was one of the founding members of the infamous Los Zetas drug cartel, and he had led the Zetas for years through some of the most violent episodes in the recent struggles between Mexico’s supposedly omnipotent cartels. …

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