The violence is spreading
Mexican drug cartels have killed 34,000 people in the last 5 years — mostly scare tactics to keep police, military and government at bay. The violence had been mostly confined to Mexico until recent years, but inevitably, the cartels’ dirty business had to spill over into the United States. Stories from Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma prove the cartels won’t be stopped by a border.
The fatal repercussions
Three beheadings have occurred in two states in the last year; the victims oftentimes young Americans who got caught up with the dangerous cartels. One victim, killed last October, was thought to be forced to help the cartels. “Evidence in our investigation has led us to believe that she had been expected to provide certain things to this trafficking group and that she had not been performing to their satisfaction,” a detective said in a statement. (1) “It would lead me to believe the message wanted to be sent. This is one of the ways they do it in Mexico, Colombia and other places,” says former DEA supervisor Phil Jordan. “People know if they get on the wrong side of the fence, they’ll be dealt with.” (1)
American citizens like Arizona farmer Scott Blevins are afraid for their own safety, and believe there’s nowhere to hide. “It’s running rampant throughout our nation. The drug cartels are imbedded in each one of our states.” (2) “Their product was going north to Oklahoma and other states,” Arizona Chief Deputy Steve Henry said. “Violence follows money and when you’re talking about that kind of money, there’s a lot of violence.” (2) Agent Troy Wall with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agrees, “I would challenge you to find any family in Oklahoma that’s not affected by drugs in some form or fashion. In the end, if you cross the cartel there’s only one thing that’s going to happen. Your life is going to end.” (2)
The alarm is set
In America, we expect a certain level of safety, but it will take much collaboration and work between the United States and Mexico to keep drug cartels out. Americans in southern states who hear the reports and see the cartel activity are much more wary of the encroaching violence, and are ready to do something about it. As Phil Jordan states about the number of deaths, “One is too many; two is too many. Three should send an alarm.” (1)