As increased enforcement on both sides of the border make distributing cocaine within the United States more difficult,Mexican drug cartels are beginning to market cocaine to Europe instead.
To achieve this, they are forming links with Italian organized crime. In particular, they are linking with the 'Ndrangheta crime organization. Less famous than the Sicilian Mafia, the 'Ndrangheta, based in Italy's toe, dominates Europe's cocaine trade.
Despite the 'Ndrangheta's dominance, Mexican drug cartels are also linking with other Italian organized crime gangs, such as the Naples-based Camorra.
Not surprisingly, Italy is growing more and more like Mexico every day. According to Foreign Policy, Italy is becoming the failed state of Western Europe.