Which Mexican cartel works nearest you? (infographic)
Where do all the drugs end up? In the most important consumer market, the United States.
By MANUEL RUEDA
Did you know that the Tijuana Cartel distributes drugs in LA, while the Gulf Cartel takes care of business in Dallas?
This map, put together by the National Post, shows the spreading influence of Mexican cartels in the US. If you look at the dots you can see who’s selling drugs in which cities. The data comes from the US National Drug Intelligence Center 2011 report. [click on the map to make image larger.]
Now in case you’d like to visit Mexico, the folks at the National Post have also come up with a map which shows you how many drug killings have happened in each state since 2006.
As you can see above, states that border the U.S., like Chihuahua and Nuevo Leon tend to be the most deadly, as well as Guerrero, Michoacan and Sinaloa on Mexico’s west coast. Central and Southern Mexico see relatively few drug killings, so no worries for those of you considering spring break in Chiapas or the Yucatan peninsula. Mexico City had 1,079 drug related killings since 2006 according to this map. But considering that Mexico’s capital has almost 9 million inhabitants, [within the Federal District and more in the suburbs] the number of drug killings per capita is quite low.
(Map: National Post)