Who Pays And Who Gets Paid

Since the government launched the Cartel War in late December 2006 around 40,000 people have died in drug cartel-related violence. That is a loss rate of 8,000 a year. Turf wars (also called intra-cartel violence) have been a major source of the deaths, though no one is quite sure what the correct percentage is. This is ultimately a war about money. How much money? Good question. The estimates vary, but the Mexican cartels probably do a $30 to $40 billion a year business in the U.S. The figure is credible. The state of Arizona announced on October 31 that it had arrested 76 people on drug smuggling charges. The accused are suspected of being members of the Sinaloa cartel. Arizona authorities estimated that the individuals arrested had done some two billion dollars’ worth of business in Arizona.



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