The Political Repercussions of Drug Trafficking in Mexico

  • María Celia Toro
Part of the Institute of Latin American Studies Series book series


The most widespread explanations given for the unprecedented rise in marijuana, heroin and cocaine trafficking in the Western Hemisphere during the last decade are that it is the inevitable result of a rise in the number of US drug users, and Latin American governments incapacity or lack of interest in putting an end to their production and export. This line of argument — as prevalent in academic literature as it is in political discourse — in which the existence and dimensions of drug trafficking ultimately depend on the decision of an individual, generally North American or European, to use drugs, and on the unwillingness and lack of resources of numerous Latin American governments effectively to enforce the prohibition of the narcotics market, has led to mistakes in national and international policies to combat drug addiction and trafficking.


Drug Trafficking Opium Poppy Drug Trafficker Mexican State Mexican Government 
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© Institute of Latin American Studies 1998

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