In 2005, Mexico was producing 8 metric tons of heroin per year. A ton is 2,205 lbs.
By 2009, the amount grew to 50 metric tons per year. That’s 110,250 lbs per year. We all know where all this heroin went. By 2011, the number of tons of heroin produced per year climbed to triple digits. So it’s from single to triple digits within 6 years. Mexico easily surpassed the entire Golden Triangle in the production of heroin in these years and now is exceeded only by Afghanistan.
But who knows what happened since 2005 to increase the production so dramatically? Obviously the demand grew but not in this insane way. The demand was fed by production with cartels using aggressive marketing techniques to hook more users.
I know the answer but I want to have a discussion.