Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as “El Chapo,”* was recently captured after a years-long manhunt by American and Mexican forces. An estimated 90 percent of illegal drugs in the U.S., including cocaine and marijuana, come through Mexico. What might be the meaning of the dashed line separating the two countries on the map?
What is the law of supply and demand? How might it relate to the drug trade between Mexico and the U.S.?
What does the cartoonist seem to think about the arrest of El Chapo, and why might he feel that way? Do you agree or disagree?
Since Mexico launched a war on drugs in 2006, more than 60,000 Mexicans have been killed in drug-related violence. Do you think the U.S. has a responsibility to help fight Mexico’s drug war? Why or why not?
What factors might fuel the drug trade? Do you think anything can be done to put an end to the flow of illegal drugs? Explain.