Diversification of Mexico’s Drug Cartel’s Revenue

According to an organized crime expert at Mexico’s Autonomous Technological Institute, only half of the drug┬ácartels revenue in 2011 is coming from the illegal drug trade. The other half in revenue is generated from black market activities such as kidnapping for ransom, extortion, human smuggling, and counterfeiting.

Source: Lauren Villagren, “Mexico’s crime groups grabbing lucrative market for pirated goods,” Bellingham Herald, May 22, 2011.