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Helms School of Government


Criminal Justice


The power struggle in present-day Mexico between major rival cartel groups and the Mexican government has evaded the appropriate amount of media and government concern. Traced through history, the modern drug cartels that powerfully control regions of Mexico have their origins in the early twentieth century during Prohibition. This drug activity is detrimental to Mexico, and it should be worrisome to the U.S. The threat of violence and political anarchy spilling over from Mexico is a very real threat, and the United States should aid Mexico and lightly intervene where necessary. An analysis of different offered solutions is necessary, leading to a blended plan that would be most effective.