El Chapo's now famous mobile conversations with actress Kate del Castillo while he was Mexico's most wanted fugitive are just one of many examples of seeming carelessness that has brought down capos who are supposed to be experts in security.
Mexico's chief criminal investigator said hundreds of smaller splinter cells continue to affect millions of Mexicans across the country. The statements were the most frank assessment made in years about Mexico's cartels.
In December 2006, former Mexican president Felipe Calderon sent thousands of troops to Michoacan, fueling a tide of violence that has not abated. Here is what you need to know to understand the situation in Mexico's "hot land."
VICE News travels to the contested state of Michoacan to find out what happens after one of Mexico’s most wanted cartel leaders has been arrested.
Servando Gomez Martinez, known as "La Tuta," had been isolated in recent months under pressure from federal forces and the community militias known as autodefensas.
A video shows a Televisa reporter and another journalist taking cash from a cartel leader in exchange for tips on how to improve his image.
In the past few days, the disarmament of autodefensas in Michoacán has become a mass registration of weapons.
The autodefensas, formed by citizens, claim that the federal government’s plan to restore peace to the region has completely failed.