Drug seizure rates along the US-Mexican border indicate a fall in marijuana imports and a rise in heroin and methamphetamine. Columnist Cory Herro points out that such an increase doesn’t not connote increased consumer uptake in the US; rather Mexican cartel production is outpacing that of their American counterparts.
By CORY HERRO | January 25, 2015
Imagine it’s 1983, and you’re a drug dealer working for Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, the world’s most powerful drug trafficking syndicate. As a member of the cartel, it’s your job to oversee the production of marijuana in a 1500 square foot house near the syndicate’s headquarter city of Culiacan, Mexico. After only three months of growing, you’re ready to harvest a house-full of weed, at a production cost of about $300 per pound (in 2010 dollars). Once you harvest, members of your cartel will move your product to the United States–murdering, torturing, and terrorizing all the way.