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J Homel Secur Emerg Mgmt
Focusing on Mexican cartels and affiliated drug trafficking organizations, this article examines how self-proclaimed cartel members use social media to further the criminal activities of their organizations. Employing an opensource, intelligence-driven methodology, the authors identified, followed, and mapped the connections between and among 75 alleged cartel members over a period of 4 months. Results indicated that cartel members actively use Facebook to plan, organize, and communicate in real-time. These findings provide tentative validation to the utility of using open-source social media platforms to study the social structure and operations of Mexican drug cartels. Implications for law enforcement, homeland security, and the intelligence enterprise are discussed.
Nix, Justin; Smith, Michael R.; Petrocelli, Matthew; Rojek, Jeff; and Manjarrez, Victor M., "The Use of Social Media by Alleged Members of Mexican Cartels and Affiliated Drug Trafficking Organizations" (2016). Criminology and Criminal Justice Faculty Publications. 57.