Academic journal article Military Review

Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug Wars

Academic journal article Military Review

Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug Wars

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CARTEL: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug Wars

Sylvia Longmire, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2011, 256 pages, $26.00

EXPERIENCED BORDER SECURITY expert Sylvia Longmire's Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drugs Wars addresses the Mexican cartels' origins, sketches their operations within Mexico, and tackles their security implications for the United States and Mexico.

She outlines how the Guadalajara Cartel led by Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo aka El Padrino (The Godfather) flourished in the 1980s. Regarded as Mexico's first drug czar and cartel lord to control all illegal narcotics trafficking in Mexico and associated corridors or plazas into the United States, Gallardo divided Mexico's trafficking corridors during the late 1980s, and created a group of trusted proteges to manage them. Three of these proteges remain today, operating the Sinaloa, Juarez, and Tijuana Cartels.

Longmire identifies kidnapping as the second-biggest cartel moneymaker. However, she fails to address other illicit cartel ventures such as counterfeit product sales (CDs, DVDs, and apparel), human trafficking, prostitution, and money laundering. …

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