Mexico Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from Mexico’s black market. Intelligence and threat information collected from government agencies, news articles and other public information sources.

According to the Wall Street Journal, someone committing a crime in Mexico has only a 2 in 100 chance of getting caught.

Source:  David Lunow, “Presumption of Guilt,” Wall Street Journal, October 17, 2009.

Between 2002 to 2008, the number of people aged 15-65 in Mexico who used cocaine rose from 1.2 percent to 2.4 percent.

(Latest crime in Mexico statistics.)

Source: AFP, “Cocaine use doubles in Mexico in six years,” Google News, October 16, 2009.

Kidnapping for ransom in Central America victimized 10,000 migrants between 2006 and 2009.

Source:  Tracy Wilkinson, “Mexico town split over Central American drifters,” Los Angeles Times, October 15, 2009.

There are an estimated 500,000 people who are addicted to illegal drugs in Mexico.

Source:  Julian Cardona, “Mexico drug gangs in new battle for local addicts,” Reuters, October9, 2009.

Between 1993 to 2009, 15 Priests in Mexico have been killed under suspicious circumstances.

Source:  Sara Miller Llana, “Mexico’s drug war: priests speak out,” Christian Science Monitor, October 4, 2009.

In 2008, 35 million pounds of marijuana was produced in Mexico.

(Additional marijuana facts.)

Source:  Steve Fainaru and William Booth, “Cartels Face an Economic Battle,” Washington Post, October 7, 2009.

Human smuggling on the US-Mexico border has lead to the border fence between the United States and Mexicoto be breached 3,363 times since it building began in 2005 till September 2009.

Source: Daniel B. Wood, “Billions for a US-Mexico border fence, but is it doing any good?,” Christian Science Monitor, September 19, 2009.

Human smuggling on the US-Mexico border lead to 262 Chinese citizens to be detained in the first 9 months of 2009.

Between 2005 and 2009, and average of 32 Chinese citizens were caught in the human smuggling on the US-Mexico border.

Source:  Sebastian Rotella, “In Arizona desert, illegal immigration’s mysterious spike,” Chicago Tribune, October 3, 2009.

A nonprofit organization in Mexico states that up to 500 people are kidnapped every month in Mexico in 2009.

The Federal Government of Mexico officials reports that around 97 people are kidnapped each month in 2009.

Source:  Catherine E. Shoichet, “Victim’s dad: Drug war distracts from kidnapping,” Google News, September 30, 2009.

Arms trafficking in Mexico leads to 90 percent of all weapons traded in the black market to be for the 4 major drug trafficking cartels in Mexico.

  • Sinaloa Cartel
  • Gulf Cartel
  • Tijuana Cartel
  • Juarez Cartel

Security analysts state that these black market guns are the main reason that the drug cartels are better equipped than law enforcement in Mexico.

Source: Alejandra Labanca, “U.S. businesses at risk of becoming targets of Mexican drug cartels,” Miami Herald, September 30, 2009.