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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.
Andrea Noel
1.20.16
americas

‘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
6.11.15
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
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
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.
James Young
9.24.14
Autodefensas

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.
VICE News
5.2.14
mexico

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.
Charbell Lucio
4.15.14