August 10th, 2009
05:24 PM ET

The reach of Mexico's drug cartels

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The New York Times

Mexican drug trafficking cartels “represent the greatest organized crime threat to the United States,” according to a recent Justice Department report. The cartels have waged increasingly violent battles with one another, as well as with the Mexican government, which began an aggressive crackdown in 2006.

Click here for an interactive of areas under cartel influence and dispute.

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Mexico
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Liz

    Yes, our borders are porous, but have you seen the heavy artillery the cartels use? Why are they better equipped than our U.S. law enforcement officials? It's shameful. Just say NO is everyone's responsibility i helping decreasing the demand for drugs in this country.

    August 10, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  2. Janine from PA.

    If people would get off the drugs the demand goes down and the cartels are weakened and maybe with luck would disappear.

    August 10, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    All of those cartel groups mean more drugs to the US and more violence. This should be another very good reason to secure our borders and keep the violence and the drugs out of the USA. With our border with Mexico as porous as it is now we are just aiding and abetting the spread of this – we need to stop it now before it becomes a huge problem here as well.

    August 10, 2009 at 5:40 pm |