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Methamphetamine Trafficking From Mexico to US is Exploding

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jul 11, 2017, 2:30 pm
A US crackdown on ephedrine has created a lucrative opening for Mexican cartels to manufacture meth (
A US crackdown on ephedrine has created a lucrative opening for Mexican cartels to manufacture meth (Vix).

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An investigation by Financiero Bloomberg has revealed that methamphetamine trafficking between Mexico and the United States has gained strength while Mexican efforts in border security and interdiction are in “a historic dip” based on statistical reports from the DEA, Border Patrol, as well as the National Defense Secretariat of the Aztec country.

According to the newspaper’s report, the Mexican government has reduced seizures of methamphetamine in the border states, while in the United States they have increased. Meth-related deaths are also on the rise.

According to figures from the Mexican Department of Defense, seizures in the Aztec country during 2016 compared to 2015, decreased by 35.2%, while the US Border Patrol increased seizures of meth by 139%.

The majority of meth that enters the American market is manufactured in Mexico, and then transported across the border.

The Border Patrol data also gives a more accurate picture of the gains made by Mexican cartels in the methamphetamine business as the value of the seizures made in the last five years exceeds USD $3 billion, a figure that is three times as high as the entire budget of the National Defense Secretariat, and eight times higher than that of the Mexican Federal Police.

According to the DEA and the Department of Homeland Security, New York City, El Paso, Laredo, Rio Grande, and Tucson are the key hubs for illicit substance trafficking and it is in those places where the most powerful cartels have been consolidating their power: Los Zetas, Sinaloa Cartel, Juarez Cartel, Gulf Cartel and New Generation Jalisco Cartel.

While meth was once largely produced domestically, a nationwide crackdown on the chemicals required to produce the lethal drug, greatly expanded the role of Mexican cartels in manufacturing and distribution. Ephedrine, a key ingredient of some cold medications, was once widely available over the counter, but was heavily restricted by the US government, in a bid to make it more difficult to produce meth in small-scale laboratories.

Source: El Financiero Bloomberg

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

A Month Before NAFTA Renegotiation, Mexico Breaks Record for Auto Manufacturing

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jul 11, 2017, 1:43 pm
Mexico Auto Manufacturing

Español This June, both the manufacturing and the export of vehicles in Mexico reached record levels in the first quarter, only a month after the governments of the North American countries began the renegotiation of NAFTA. Mexico's automotive companies produced 1,884,335 cars between January and June, an increase of 12.6% compared to the same time period in 2016. Vehicle manufacturers currently consider the Aztec nation to be a prime example of trade integration and productivity within the NAFTA region. Read More: Despite Pressure from US, Mexico Rules Out Labor Reform in NAFTA Renegotiation Read More: Democrats Request Eliminating Labor "Protection Contracts" in NAFTA Renegotiation This has been the highest figure since 1988 when the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA) began recording statistics. Exports in the first six months of this year totaled 1,513,334 units, an increase of 14% over the previous year, also according to historical data provided by the AMIA. The largest beneficiaries of NAFTA are currently the automakers, but this agreement will be renegotiated on August 16. US President Donald Trump has argued that the agreement has been "disastrous" for both the auto industry, and American workers. During June, vehicle manufacturers registered a production of 334,606 units, reflecting an increase of 4.9% compared to the same month of 2016 and exports increased by 12%, according to the AMIA which also noted that currently approximately 76% of exports of vehicles made in Mexico are destined for the US market, and 9% are sent to Canada. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); AMIA said in a statement that "in June 2017 Mexican vehicles accounted for 14.7% of all light vehicles sold in the United States" and also said that among the brands with the largest production of light cars in Mexico are Nissan, General Motors, Fiat-Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Ford. Donald Trump routinely made free trade agreements a punching bag on the campaign trail, but has appeared to moderate his position in recent months. Leaders of both Mexico and Canada have called on Trump to continue US participation in the landmark agreement. Source: Animal Politico

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