Drug War Zone: Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El by Howard Campbell

By Howard Campbell

Millions of individuals die in drug-related deaths each year in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, adjoining to El Paso, Texas. Juarez has turn into the main violent urban within the Mexican drug warfare. a lot of the cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine fed on within the usa is imported around the Mexican border, making El Paso/Juarez one of many significant drug-trafficking venues on the earth. during this anthropological research of drug trafficking and anti-drug legislations enforcement efforts at the U.S.-Mexico border, Howard Campbell makes use of an ethnographic standpoint to chronicle the hot Mexican drug conflict, focusing in particular on humans and occasions within the El Paso/Juarez region. it's the first social technology learn of the violent drug struggle that's tearing Mexico aside. in line with deep entry to the drug-smuggling international, this research provides the drug conflict in the course of the eyes and lives of direct individuals. half the e-book contains oral histories from drug traffickers, and the opposite part from police officers. there's a lot journalistic insurance of the drug battle, yet very seldom are the lived studies of traffickers and 'narcs' awarded in such bright aspect. as well as delivering an up-close, own view of the drug-trafficking global, Campbell explains and analyzes the functioning of drug cartels, the corruption that allows drug trafficking, the recommendations of smugglers and anti-narcotics officers, and the perilous tradition of drug trafficking that Campbell refers to because the 'Drug warfare Zone'.

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La Nacha bribed or deftly manipulated local and federal politicians but never aspired to climb socially. She preferred to stay in the same working-class Juárez neighborhoods—conveniently located near the Paso del Norte International Bridge and the Chihuahuita barrio of El Paso—where she lived most of her adult life. Most of La Nacha’s large American junkie clientele came directly to her to make their purchases. -Mexico border. However, La Nacha did occasionally run into trouble with the authorities, and she was in and out of jail in Juárez for relatively short periods of time.

Also, not surprisingly, the largest drug cartels are located in the vicinity of these producing areas, adjacent to the United States or along the main Mexican transportation routes by which South American cocaine is shipped north (Dávila 2007a, 14–17). 34 Control of a plaza gives the drug lord and police commander of an area the power to charge less-powerful traffickers tolls, known as pisos. Generally, one main cartel dominates a plaza at any given time, although this control is often contested or subverted by internal confl ict, may be disputed among several groups, and is subject to rapid change.

Opium is primarily grown in eleven microregions in the states of Guerrero, Oaxaca, Durango, Chihuahua, Nayarit, Sinaloa, and Sonora. Also, not surprisingly, the largest drug cartels are located in the vicinity of these producing areas, adjacent to the United States or along the main Mexican transportation routes by which South American cocaine is shipped north (Dávila 2007a, 14–17). 34 Control of a plaza gives the drug lord and police commander of an area the power to charge less-powerful traffickers tolls, known as pisos.

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