Let Americans import drugs direct from Columbia and Peru

Posted on June 18, 2012 By newsguide Topic: Drugs

Joaquín Guzmán, C.E.O. of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, aka El Chapo is America's most wanted man after the death of Osama Bin Laden. But, just like its war on terror, America's war on drugs did not lead anywhere. All it did was lead to the proliferation of private prisons in America. To know more, consider these facts:

...Hillary Clinton acknowledged several years ago, America’s “insatiable demand for illegal drugs” is what drives the clandestine industry. It’s no accident that the world’s biggest supplier of narcotics and the world’s biggest consumer of narcotics just happen to be neighbors. “Poor Mexico,” its former president Porfirio Díaz is said to have remarked. “So far from God and so close to the United States.”

The Sinaloa cartel can buy a kilo of cocaine in the highlands of Colombia or Peru for around $2,000, then watch it accrue value as it makes its way to market. In Mexico, that kilo fetches more than $10,000. Jump the border to the United States, and it could sell wholesale for $30,000. Break it down into grams to distribute retail, and that same kilo sells for upward of $100,000 — more than its weight in gold. And that’s just cocaine. Alone among the Mexican cartels, Sinaloa is both diversified and vertically integrated, producing and exporting marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine as well.
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