In the 1920’s the 18th Amendment caused the prohibition of manufacturing, selling and transporting intoxicating-liquors. Alcohol in the United States was not longer legal. However, this did not stop most people from not consuming any alcohol.
“From 1982 to 1989”, the percentage of “drug-related murders” out of all types of murders went up “2 to 7.4 percent”. This can be attributed to the introduction of crack into society because crack was introduced during that time frame. One person said that the innocents killed in these were the casualties of fights between drug dealers who are fighting for their spot within the drug industry. The fact that innocent people were caught in the fights of drug dealers would cause people to feel unsafe where they live, scared of being the next victims of drug dealers’ violence. These fights between crack drug dealers would not have occurred had the demand for crack not been so high, thus Americans brought these fights, although unintentionally, on themselves by giving rise to a crack
With the corruption in the government being mainly caused because of the ongoing drug war, the Mexican police force had to get involved. The approaches that the police force established to try to rid corruption within the government can be seen as controversial. Let's start with the facts. “State and local forces find themselves outgunned, overwhelmed, and often purchased outright by gangsters” (Althaus Web). Police officers are underpaid, with a starting salary of less than $350 a month, and are expected to buy their own equipment, even bullets.
Although drinking was generally thought to have declined during Prohibition, it had instead, continued uninterrupted in many parts of the country, particularly in large cities and areas with large foreign-born populations. Smuggling on such a large scale could not be prevented, and the illegal manufacture of liquor sprang up with such speed that authorities were hard pressed to contain it. Thus began a period of illegal drinking, lawbreaking, organized crime, and the corruption of public officials. During Prohibition there was a 24 percent increase in crime rate between 1920 and 1921. The rate of arrests on account of drunkenness rose 41 percent, and arrests for drunken driving increased 81 percent.
The accumulation of capital can increase an individuals power in a capitalist society. Scarface (1982) focuses on the “constant and insatiable circulation of money, drugs, images, desire and power” in the world of the film. Clean and Sober (1988), on the other hand, shows a cocaine addict receiving treatment for his addiction. The main character in Clean and Sober, Daryl (Michael Keaton) is a real estate agent with a cocaine addiction. Prior to Daryl’s self admittance to a rehabilitation center for chemical dependency he “seems to be quite content with his lifestyle” of working at his job and taking cocaine in his spare time.
With profit being very in the cocaine industry, Forbes announced Pablo Escobar to be the 7th wealthiest man in the world. During the 1970’s Pablo Escobar decided to collaborate with other crime organization to establish the Medellin Cartel. The Drug Cartel was formed in partnership with other crime organization to distribute cocaine to the American Market. During the 1970’s and 1980’s Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel was responsible for working in cocaine smuggling business and it was estimated that they were responsible for 80%-90% of drug shipments to the United States, and 80% of drug shipments globally. With the Drug trade, Escobar was able to a fortune and he was able to afford a luxurious lifestyle.
I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him, and I wasn’t far wrong.” Gatsby, like most of the people that were newly rich, seems to have been involved in the illegal activity of selling alcohol all over the place. With his newly found money, Gatsby kept jumping at the chance to gain more money. In the end of the book, we learn that Gatsby is into more illegal activities than just transporting alcohol.
However, Galán’s aim to stop the drug trafficking and hold them accountable for what they did is not fully achieved. For both Galan’s death and the airplane bombing, measurements have been taken, but the commissioner of the assassination, Pablo Escobar, never got arrested for it. For the death of Galán, many suspects have been arrested. The principal suspect, who turned out to be innocent, was released after years of being imprisoned. Eventually, Jaime Eduardo Rueda Rocha, a paramilitary, turned out to be the one who shot Galán and got arrested.
Due to the lack of control, the DEA had over Ecstasy is what drove them to make it illegal. The DEA finally cracked down on MDMA and started putting people in jail. When MDMA was legal scare tactics where different, all they could do was use scare tactics to keep young adults away from it by emphasizing the side effects of MDMA. This drug has the reputation of being a benign and fun drug, but I think since this drug got out of hand to the point that the government had to step in and take control of the situation. This, in my opinion, was the right thing to do in order to decrease the supply and demand of the drug.
Major drug cartels, like the seven in Mexico, sell more than just weed. They sell other drugs like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine across the border, marijuana is the largest drug market in the United States and is the one from which the drug cartels make the most profit off of. “When the effect on crime is so significant, it’s obviously better to regulate marijuana and allow people to pay taxes on it rather than make it illegal” (Downer). Now as states start to follow along with legalizing marijuana, the violent crime rate dealing with drugs will continue to
By 1932, Americans had reversed the approval and disapproval making the disapproval rating had gone higher. Americans disapproved the prohibition because the criminality and murder went up, business’ were going down and it was impossible to enforce no alcohol. The rate of criminals went up leading to more murders when the Prohibition was enforced. Many criminals such as gangsters, racketeers, bootleggers, and dope sellers got “helped” out by prohibition. Especially in the Great Depression, were alcohol was even more wanted.
Cocaine was seen as more sophisticated and whoever was caught with it, would not face the reprimanding as someone who had crack rock. Being that cocaine was much more expensive compared to crack rock, communities of color were being targeted. Blacks representation in the media is continuously negative. Whether they are being portrayed as slaves, thugs, criminals, violent, animalistic, etc. Blacks are overly represented as criminals in the media.
Prohibition increased the amount of crime taking place in american cities, murder, burglary and assault rates increased with the creation of the black market for illegal then substances. Creation of prohibition “helped” in creation of more potent alcohol, young people were exposed to harder liquors that were harmful to their health, due to the fact there was none legal labeling on the alcohol bottles. The current war on drugs had even more drastic results, government started to put more people in jail for not violent crimes, jails started to be filled with inmates that have used the drugs. The drug use policy that is enforced now and the method it uses consist of three parts; first is prevention intervention, second is treatment, and the third one enforcement interventions. The war on drugs in United States limited the tax revenue for the country, and it makes our country looks bad when to compare with other nations; US has the highest incarceration rates on this planet, even though its the country to promote
most of the cops of this time would turn a blind eye and easily take payoffs because their other option was to be killed by the gangsters. The police were just down right scared of them because of this and they knew they were outgunned and had no chance. (FBI) But many of the systems we have developed and still use today were thought of at this time. Our system of fingerprinting is probably the best example but at this time it was still sadly in its infancy and didn 't have all of society in the system.
Prisons tried to separate the gang apart to other prisons like San Quentin, but they just made the gang more popular in other prisons which made it more stronger that they started getting bigger and they decided to start trafficking drugs around the United States and gambling and extortion rackets inside prisons. It got so that they began to control drug trafficking, extortion,contact killings, and debt collection inside walls. After some time the mexican mafia started getting more organized by setting their own rules or “commandments” and recruiting members from latin streets. Mexican Mafia enjoyed being not checked in the 1990’s but the the police officers caught 22 gang members and they were accused for murder and kidnapping the police officers think that they ended the mexican mafia’s business but they still continue their criminal