“The drug war struck a series of high profile blows against Mexican cartels. At the same time, it triggered nationwide violence without coming anywhere close to defeating the country's drug traffickers. Now, it's getting even worse”
Despite the drug war against the cartels, there’s no sign they’re losing their power. The head of the Zetas cartel was arrested in March. But arresting the head of the cartels hasn’t stopped the increasing violence in the country. Between 2006 and 2012 more than 60,000 people have died because of the drug war. The arrest of drug lords has caused the fragmentation of the cartels to smaller, more “militaristic” groups, some targeting directly the mexican Army. The latest cartel created is the Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel (CJNG). They “carried out arson attacks in two dozen cities around Mexico, set up roadblocks, and downed a military helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade”, among other actions around the country. This group expanded because it was portrayed as a nationalistic paramilitary group that was against other cartels and was going to bring stability to the country. But it wasn’t the case. Because of the war between cartels, security forces and the military, numerous “autodefensas” (self defense, vigilante groups) have emerged to fight the cartels. But now, the “autodefensas” also fight each other. Some of these groups are believed to be part of the CJNG. The justice system doesn’t work. Most murders are not prosecuted or investigated. “The failure of civic institutions, shows that the country's drug war is constantly morphing, rather than working towards a real conclusion, as new cartels and criminal organizations form to take advantage of Mexico's ongoing chaos”.