• Cartels are pushing meth, heroin–and that’s not bad (The Stanford Daily, Op-Ed)

    by  • January 21, 2015 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    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.

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