The US prohibition of drugs has led to unprecedented levels of violence between warring cartels in Mexico and the US ‘War on Drugs’ has failed to curtail this violence. This infographic provides a snapshot of the statistics and key players in the illegal drug market violence.
The United States consider Mexico its #1 drug trafficking threat, and perhaps for good reason. About 90% of the cocaine used in the country comes through Mexico. In recent years the drug wars have escalated to an extremely violent zenith, with drug-related homicides increasing astronomically. Learn more about the trade, the cartels, and how the violence has developed.
The United States recommends travelers avoid certain states in Mexico, while also assuring visitors that no particular threats against US citizens are apparent.
Citizens are “urged to defer non-essential travel to the states of Tamaulipas and Michoacan, and to parts of the states of Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sinaloa, Durango, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi and Jalisco.