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Crossers

By Philip Caputo

Crossers
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  • Hardcover: Oct 2009,
    464 pages.
    Paperback: Oct 2010,
    464 pages.

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Illegal Drug Use in the USA
The primary protagonist in Crossers is the head of a powerful Mexican drug cartel specializing in the sale and distribution of both marijuana and cocaine.

Illicit narcotics have been smuggled across the Mexican border into the United States for decades, and the illegal drug market in the United States is one of the most profitable in the world. According to The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) approximately 70% of all foreign narcotics enter the US via Mexico, most of it concealed in some of the 116 million vehicles that cross the border annually. Smaller amounts are carried over in backpacks, frequently by people paying back others for helping them enter the United States illegally. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) estimates that illegal drug sales in the country amount to between $13.6 and $48.4 billion annually.

Originally, the major importers were Columbians who frequently contracted with Mexican ...

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