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Today's VICE on City: Mexican Drug Cartels Move Into Oil

Tonight, VICE founder Suroosh Alvi travels to Mexico to see the effects of cartel oil theft firsthand.

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Welcome to Wednesday, when VICE brings the best of our video documentary content to your TV screens. We wait until midnight so the losers have gone to bed, and then we blast your brains with awesome. Check out this week's show, about Mexico's drug cartels branching into the oil-stealing business, tonight on City at midnight.

Tonight, VICE founder Suroosh Alvi travels to Mexico to see the effects of cartel oil theft firsthand. Mexico's notoriously violent drug cartels are diversifying. Aside from trafficking narcotics, extorting businesses, and brutally murdering their rivals, cartels are now at work exploiting their country's precious number one export: oil.

Every day as many as 10,000 barrels of crude oil are stolen from Mexico's state­-run oil company, Pemex, through precarious illegal taps, which are prone to deadly accidents. Pemex estimates that it loses $5 billion annually in stolen oil, some of which ends up being sold over the border in US gas stations. As police fight the thieves, and the cartels fight each other, the number of victims caught in the battle for the pipelines continues to climb.