Recent attacks on drug cartel communications infrastructure by the Mexican government might represent a turning point in the balance of power between drug traffickers and the federal government in northeastern Mexico, according to nonresident drug policy fellow Gary J. Hale.

"Our global society has developed a deep reliance on communications devices of every kind, and that need to communicate translates into a critical dependency for the drug cartels trying to move drugs into the United States from Mexico," says Hale in a recent blog post. To remove communications is to deny any enterprise the ability to coordinate and succeed in completing the critical aspects of their business cycle, he explains.