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El Chapo's Top Lawyer Talks About What It's Like Defending an Infamous Drug Lord

José Refugio Rodríguez disclosed details about the Chapo's legal strategy in the face of possible extradition. He also said the kingpin remains determined to make a movie about his life, and discussed Sean Penn’s betrayal of Kate del Castillo
Jan-Albert Hootsen
3.10.16
americas

Pope Francis Tells Mexican Priests Not to Resign Themselves to the Drug Wars

The Pope was speaking in the beleaguered state of Michoacán where a military-led offensive nearly a decade ago kicked off Mexico’s bloody drug wars. At least 28 priests have been killed since then.
Alan Hernandez
2.16.16
americas

What It’s Like to Be a Priest in the Trouble Spots the Pope is Visiting in Mexico

The Pope is heading for Chiapas, Michoacán, and Ciudad Juárez. Local priests talk about working in places where indigenous traditions mean chickens are sacrificed in church, poor farmers ask if it's ok to grow drugs, and where cartels rule.
David Agren
2.15.16
VICE INTL

In Search of Mexico's Top Skate Spots

VICE Mexico followed four of the country's best skateboarders as they embark on a road trip in search of the country's best skate spots.
VICE Staff
10.25.15
americas

Mexico Denies Massacre at Ranch, as Families Bury the Accused Cartel Dead in Jalisco

In Ocotlan, Jalisco, locals called the government's raid of a cartel-controlled ranch a "massacre." Authorities hit the airwaves to deny the claims, but troubling inconsistencies hover over the case.
Duncan Tucker and Victor Hugo Ornelas
5.26.15
americas

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."
Andrea Noel
3.12.15
mexico

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.
VICE News
3.9.15
americas

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.
Andrea Noel
3.4.15
VICE News

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
2.27.15
americas

Mexican 'Viceroy' Sent to Pacify Michoacan State Leaves Murky Legacy

Alfredo Castillo was sent to Michoacan one year ago, on personal orders from President Enrique Peña Nieto. Today, local cartel chief 'La Tuta' remains at large and self-defense militias are battling each other in fatal shootouts.
David Agren
1.23.15
americas

As Elections Approach, Mexico Is Handing Out Free Digital TVs to Millions of Voters

It's all part of a plan to switch Mexico to open digital TV, but critics say the 13 million households set to receive a free set will know what to do once they get inside a voting booth: support the ruling party.
John Holman
12.4.14