Drug Wars and Covert Netherworlds
The Transformations of Mexico's Narco Cartels
In Drug Wars and Covert Netherworlds sociologist and criminologist James H. Creechan draws on decades of research to paint a much more nuanced picture of the transformation of Mexico’s narco cartels. Creechan details narco cartel history, focusing on the decades since Richard Nixon declared the War on Drugs. With sobering detail, Creechan unravels a web of government dependence, legitimate enterprises, covert connections, and violent infighting. He details how drug smuggling organizations have grown into powerful criminal mafias with the complicit involvement of powerful figures in civil society to create covert netherworlds.
Mexico is at a moment of change—a country on the verge of transition or perdition. It can only move forward by examining its history of narco-connections spun and re-spun over the last fifty years.
“James Creechan has masterfully brought to life the covert netherworld of narcos and alluded to their political connections. In a highly readable fashion, he has illuminated Mexico’s narco history and eviscerated imprecise nature in which we discuss ‘cartels.’ This book will be particularly illuminating for those who have been waiting for the Spanish-language fiction and nonfiction on narcos to be brought to English-speaking audiences.”—Nathan P. Jones, author of Mexico’s Illicit Drug Networks and the State Reaction