As an educational group – our original and continuing mission and something we just love doing – we try to bring you selected info on all aspects that end up affecting the medicine you are or aren't able to have on your table.
And surveying aspects we haven't spent a lot of time on, for sure there many and powerful bad guys out there. In our analysis the cartels were largely CREATED by prohibition and the Drug Wars, just as the rise or large-scale organized crime in the US – which had never existed before – was the result of alcohol prohibition, but whatever, even as societies around the world are taking back and forth steps on rolling prohibition back and scaling down the wars, they're here and have to coped with in one way or the other (or actually in many ways).
This article identifies a few of the biggest and baddest.
For a little broader look around the world see:
https://www.theguardian.com/…/drug-cartels-world-zetas-migu… (this is a little dated, but still interesting)
Drug cartels based in Central and South America are responsible for bringing illegal drugs across the border. Learn more about the top five drug cartels.