drugs and crime
Sex, Snacks, and Soccer: How Mexican Drug Lords End Up Captured
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.
The Year in Mexico’s Drug Wars: A Jailbreak, a Chocolate Cake, and a Washed-Up Strategy
Drug lord Chapo Guzmán's escape from a maximum-security prison overshadowed the arrest of other capos and underlined how few new ideas the government has brought to the fight against Mexico's cartels.
‘Only Two Cartels Are Left in Mexico,’ Government Official Claims
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.
Gabriela Gorbea and Andrea Noel
Mexico Raises Death Toll in Helicopter Attack, Warns of More Violence in Drive Against Cartel
Six Mexican soldiers were killed when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the tail of a military helicopter on Friday. The violence in Jalisco is "pure terrorism," one official said.
Where Mexico’s Drug War Was Born: A Timeline of the Security Crisis in Michoacan
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."
Michoacan’s Most Wanted Drug Kingpin: Mexico’s Hot Land (Dispatch 1)
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.
Drug Lord Known as 'Z-42' Is Second Mexican Capo to Fall In Less Than a Week
The current leader of the Zetas cartel will likely be extradited to the United States to face charges. His arrest came less than a week after the capture of Knights Templar leader 'La Tuta.'
Mexican Drug Lord Lived in a Cave and Was Caught Because His Girlfriend Brought Him Birthday Cake
"I led a gang of pendejos," or idiots, drug lord La Tuta said after his arrest on Friday. The details on the Knights Templar leader emerged as officials leaked word that another cartel kingpin has been arrested.
Leader of Knights Templar Cartel 'La Tuta' Is Captured in Mexico
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.
Daniel Hernandez and David Agren
crime & drugs
Leaked Video Shows Reporters Taking Cash from Mexican Drug Lord
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 Photos: Mexico’s Autodefensas Lay Down Their Arms
In the past few days, the disarmament of autodefensas in Michoacán has become a mass registration of weapons.
Mexico's Self-Defense Militias Are Refusing to Lay Down Arms in Fight Against Cartel
The autodefensas, formed by citizens, claim that the federal government’s plan to restore peace to the region has completely failed.