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Dec. 4th, 2009 | 12:29 am

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Drug war: a conflict between law enforcement and those who deal in illegal drugs


-1980’s: Columbia’s Pablo Escobar is main exporter of cocaine world wide
-enforcement efforts intensify in South Florida and the Caribbean
-Columbian traffickers team with Mexicans to transport Cocaine from Mexico to U.S.

-mid 1980’s: Mexican gangs are well established

-late 1980’s: Payment - in - Product arrangements begin
-Traffickers are paid in drugs
-Mexican traffickers now responsible for distribution along with transportation
-leads to formation of drug cartels

Cartels: a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product

-Increased government involvement in 2006: troops sent to end violence between cartels
-April 2008: major battle between members of the Tijuana and Sinolas cartels
-17 dead
-September 2008: grenade attacks on Morelia by cartels
-8 dead, 100 injured (all civilians)
- March 2009: addition 5000 Mexican troops are sent to stop violence
-United States considers sending National Guard to stop violence at the boarders
-Columbian trafficking begins to decline, making Mexico leader in drug transports and distribution in the world

Cartel Alliances

While in prison the head of the Tijuana cartel and the Gulf Cartel forged an alliance against the Sinaloa Cartel and it’s ally the Juarez Cartel. Cartels now are largely separated into two blocks; some support the Sinaloa Cartel, and other support the Gulf Cartel. These two blocks are causing the massively violent turf wars occurring in Mexico.

The Sinaloa Cartel
- Convents the Gulf Central’s domination of the southwest Texas corridor
-Leader: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman; Worth $100,000,000,000, most wanted man in Mexico

The Juarez Cartel
-Controls one of the primary transportation routes for trafficking drugs into Texas from Mexico
-Leader: Vincente Carrillo Fuentes

The Tijuana Cartel
-Once among the most powerful Cartels, has fallen on hard times due to arrests and assassinations
-Frequent target of Military confrontations, breaking into smaller groups

The Gulf Cartel
-One of the two dominant Cartels in Mexico
- Leader: Osiel Cardenas, extradited to U.S. in 2007, awaiting trial in Huston, Texas

Los Negros
-Armed wing of Sinaloa Cartel

Los Zetas
-Former military elite hired by the Gulf Cartel to begin operation of a private army
-Leaders: Beltran-Leyva Brothers

La Familia Michoacana
-Formerly allied to the Gulf Cartel
-Split into independent organization


-Gun sales are illegal in Mexico
-Cartels get from United States (90%)
-Guatemala (10%)
-22,848 guns smuggled from U.S. to Mexico sense 2005
-55% of those guns are assault rifles

Straw Purchase: Mexican drug cartel pay American citizens to buy firearms from gun shows and sell them to cartel representatives.

-Most commonly smuggled firearms include:
-Modified to be fully automatic
-FN 5.7 Semi-Automatic pistols
-.50 Caliber guns
-Various types of machine guns
-Multiple reports of grenade launchers being used on police force/ military

Effects on Mexico

-Most effected states;
-Baja California
-Nuevo Leon

Visual Aid: Map of Mexican states and the most effect regions.

-Law enforcement has entered into the effort to fight off drug lords. President Calderon started an operation in the state of Michoacan, and soon many other governors and state law enforcement followed.
- December 24, 2006; Gov. of Baja California joins fight against drug cartel.
- January 2007; battles move into Guerrero, Chihuahua, Sinaloa
February; Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas become involved, assassination attempted on governors of both states.
-October 2007; wars have small effect on U.S. drug trade, price of cocaine rises in 37%, purity goes down by 11%
-July 10, 2008; Mexican Gov. announces plans to double the size of Federal Police
-Comprehensive Strategy Against Drug Trafficking Plan
-Purging law enforcement of corrupt officers
-Massive training and recruitment
-July 16, 2008; Mexican Navy intercepted a submarine carrying 5.8 tons of cocaine

-Government has damaged cartel, however country seems to be deteriorating at an unstoppable rate
-Drug related homicides have skyrocketed
-Violence has escalated as a use of intimidation and fear
-Drug traffickers have started posting banners over high ways to;
-threaten rivals
-inform of cartels connected to the government
-recruit law enforcement officers with better pay
-Cartels have … to install fear in people
-posted execution videos on you tube.
-tossed body parts into large crowds of people
-hung banners in city streets

-Mexican cartels advance their operations, in part, by corrupting or intimidating law enforcement officials
-Agents in the Federal Investigations Agency are believe dot work as enforcers of Cartels
-The Attorney General reports that 1/5 of its officers are under investigation for criminal activity

International Effects

North America; Mexican army has severally slowed the cocaine flow to North America, causing gang fights and violence in city all over the U.S. and Canada
-Cocaine prices have skyrocketed
-Less cocaine is being found in N.A. soil

Europe; Users now pay twice the rate they used to

Guatemala; Many cartel members have migrated to Guatemala due to crackdowns in Mexico, Guatemalan police are weak but have torched huge marijuana and poppie fields. In 2008, cartels threatened to murder the President of Guatemala.

West Africa: At least nine Mexican and Columbian drug cartels have established bases in 11 African nations. Attempting to find ways to traffic drugs through Africa to Europe

United States: Consider Mexican drug cartels to be the greatest organized crime threat to the U.S. Mexican government wishes to pair up with the U.S. because they believe it’s a shared problem. American drug users are the main fuel for the wars, Mexican drug cartels have a presence in most US cities, In March of this year, the Obama administration outlined plans to redeploy more than 500 federal agents to border posts and redirect $200 million to combat smuggling of illegal drugs, money and weapons.

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Entry 1: It's easy to write while hungover

Sep. 21st, 2009 | 12:07 am

Entry one, locked and loaded

Lets start with Friday. Friday was perfect! I went to school, same old, same old. Then the cheerleaders came over and we had this team builder thing at my house, which pretty much made my life, considering I love my girls! And then we headed out to the game. And, suprise! We won. We almost never win, so when we do, you MUST celebrate. So what do you do in rural Iowa after a winning football game? YOU DRINK!!

So, we all meet up in the school parking lot, and we count the cans. 280! Hoolllyyyy cow.
Better get started.

So we head out to Jo's house, because we need to start somewhere!
But god forbid we stay there!

We head back into town, cans in tow. 280, 279, 278
Booze cruise.

Until we meet the boys, and then it's to Hanlantown
The haunted house with holes in the floor

But we can't get busted,
so we keep moving.

To Charlie's house, deep inside the man cave.
For about two seconds, then we're gone

278, 277, 276, 275, 274
And we're in Joice.

Sick Sick Sick
Then I went home.



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Sep. 20th, 2009 | 11:24 pm


I'm so glad I'm back to using livejournal. I don't think I really care if anyone reads what I have to say, or cares about what's going on in my life, but it'll be a great place for me to talk things out and just vent in a way I can't in my every day life. It's been a long time sense I actually kept a journal, and I think I should take it up again. I never liked them because I hated the idea of my secrets just laying around for anyone to read, but I'm over that fear, and I'm ready to write it all down =].

So, my name is Sierra Storm. My middle name really is Storm. I'm a sophmore in LMHS, sixteen, single, and for the most part, I'm happy. Of course, I have my days, but life genrally treats me pretty well, and I don't have much to complain about. I'm in love with having fun. I do it almost all the time. Smiling and being myself are on the top of my list of priorities. I live with no regrets, and I've never been one for lying. I tend to party hard, and if that bothers you, sorry =]. This is my life! I intend to live it to the fullest. It's got so much potential.

I've had a rocky past, but I survived, and I'll be okay. I can't say I'm 100% okay with everything all the time, my ghosts still haunt me and the mistakes I've made have obviously effected my life drastically, but I think that they've helped mold me into the strong person I am now. I'm a football and basketball cheerleader, I'm on student council, fccla, marching band, pep band, concert band, choir, all state choir, science club and drama club. I love to keep busy =].

And basically, I just wanna document it all. I'll charish it later, if I remember all the fun things I've done.


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