South and Central America have been embroiled in drugs for decades now, embattling its large and powerful Northern neighbor, the USA with its weaker Latin South. Today, the drug war has become a strategic issue for both Americas as certain cartels and other types of criminal organizations are slowly taking over large swabs of Mexico, Ecuador, Paraguay, Brazil, and even the usually safe Argentina. The most powerful Mexican cartels are now competing directly with a democratically elected government. A first.