The trade of illegal narcotics through Mexico has resulted in the rise of powerful and organized criminal businesses that are not afraid to bribe, or kill, any who cross them. This has caused a dramatic increase in violent crime and government official corruption. This document will begin by defining these organizations and examining their creation. Next the violence caused by these organizations will be analytically categorized in order to better understand the criminal's motivations and tactics. This study will examine current data to determine which populations are more prone to violent crime or corruption by looking at the victims relationship to the drug trafficking market. The three possible categories are cartel members, government workers or citizens, and all three will be subcategorized. Lastly, this document will examine how the type or nature of the violence utilized by drug traffickers changes in order to accomplish specific goals.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 4-29-2013


Charles B. Fields

Mentor Department Affiliation

Justice Studies

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Justice Studies