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date: 17 May 2021

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This article provides a glimpse into the narcotic industry in Mexico, which is slowly becoming an unstoppable major export industry. It studies the growth of the narco-industrial complex and how this reflects the continuous inefficiency of law enforcement. It examines the output and input sides of the industry, its distributional system, and the underground international arms trade. It also notes that while the expansion of the narcotics industry has been a “success”, the government—as well as the markets—has failed. The latter part of the article examines Mexico's economic growth and compares it to other Latin American countries.

Keywords: narcotic industry, narco-industrial complex, law enforcement, output and input, distributional system, international arms trade, economic growth

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