ODESSA- Mexican authorities in Jalisco say they found 17 bodies mutilated by the drug cartels while many Mexicans celebrated their Independence Day. We may be far from the border but the drug war still hits home for so many here living in the Permian Basin.
Mexico's drug cartels continue to battle for control over key trafficking routes and markets leaving behind grisly scenes for Mexican authorities to investigate.
Arlo Chavira has been following the drug war for quite some time now.
"I think the drug cartels, they're just a by-product of the failed policy of on the war on drugs," Chavira said.
He says the drug cartels are like any business. As long as there's a demand for drugs in the U.S., the cartels will continue to do what they're doing.
"The reason that the drug cartels are prospering is because we are, Americans as a whole, are the number consumers on drugs," Chavira said.
With a new Mexican President in place, he believes it'll be hard for his administration to stop the drug war because of government corruption and payoffs. He says the U.S. government has to step in or the spread of violence will go beyond our borders.
"If something is not done, if the United States, doesn't step in and do something, you will see an increase of the drug cartels," Chavira said.
It's a bitter sweet Mexican Independence Day for him and for his family, he says it has been years since he's been to Mexico.
"My mom was born in deep South Mexico and we've been wanting to take a trip down there, just to see where she came from, but that's not possible because we're afraid, you're afraid," Chavira said.
Many drug cartel leaders have been caught but Chavira says there's always going to be someone else coming up in the ranks.