Gangland: The Rise of the Mexican Drug Cartels from El Paso to Vancouver

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Harper Collins, Jun 11, 2013 - Social Science - 368 pages

A frightening look at Mexico's new power elitethe Mexican drug cartels

The members of Mexico's drug cartels are among the criminal underworld's most ambitious and ruthless entrepreneurs. Supplanting the once dominant Colombian cartels, the Mexican drug cartels are now the major distributor of heroin and cocaine to the U.S. and Canada. Not only have their drugs crossed north of the border, so have the cartels (in 2009, 230 active Mexican drug cartels have been reported in U.S. cities). In Gangland, bestselling author Jerry Langton details their frightening stranglehold on the economy and daily life of Mexico todayand what it portends for the future of Mexico and its neighbours.

Offering a firsthand look from members of law enforcement, politicians, journalists, and people involved in the drug trade in Mexico and Canada, Gangland sheds a harsh light on the multibillion dollar industry that is the drug trade, the territorial wars, and the on-the-street reality for the United States, with the importation of narco-terrorists. With the unstinting realism and keen analysis that have made him an internationally respected journalist, Langton offers the bleak prospects of what a collapsed government in Mexico might lead toa new Mexican warlord state not unlike Somalia.

  • Details the emergence of the Mexican drug cartelsthe transformation of middlemen who ferried drugs from Bolivia and Colombia to the U.S. and Canada into self-styled entrepreneurs
  • Describes how the growth of the cartels led to violent territorial warswith Felipe Calderon declaring war on the cartels in 2006
  • Offers a frightening look at how much the incursion of the drug cartels has affected American life and business Wachovia and Bank of America have been found guilty of laundering cartel profits
  • An unflinching examination of the world's most lucrativeand deadliestdrug cartel, Gangland lets readers explore, with brutal clarity, the newest front on America's latest war.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Deadly Playground
The Eagle Eats the Snake
A MexicanBorn Emperor
The Rise of the Drug Cartels
Enemies of the State
Trouble in Paradise
Calderon Versus the Cartels
Battling the Beltran Leyva Cartel
Carnage in 2009
The Roll Call of Death
The War Expands
Exporting Drugs and Crime
The Violence Escalates
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

One of the country’s leading writers on organized crime, Jerry Langton is a journalist and the author of eleven books, among them several national bestsellers, including The Hard Way Out (with Dave Atwell), Biker and Fallen Angel. Over the past two decades, his work has appeared in the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, the National Post and Maclean’s, as well as in dozens of other publications.

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