Micah Zehnder Posted over 1 year ago Rodrigo Canales: The deadly genius of drug cartels "knowing the failed model of prohibition" Failed model? I think you must be looking at things incorrectly. It has been a very successful model. As Matthew P points out, the drug war employees thousands of police officers, private prison employees, etc... The prohibition model has been extremely successful actually. Not at stopping drug use of course, but that isn't what it was intended to do.