On the Front Line With Mexico’s Warring Cartels



The end of 2021 will mark 15 years since the start of Mexico’s “guerra contra el narcotráfico,” a war against drug trafficking that officially began in December 2006, when thousands of soldiers were deployed to topple the cartel terrorizing the state of Michoacán. The war soon spread and plunged the entire country into a downward spiral of violence that continues today.

The current war in Michoacán is between the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel or CJNG, led by a notorious kingpin known as El Mencho, and an alliance of groups known as the United Cartels. Some communities also rely on citizen-led militias to battle the cartels.

VICE News reporter Keegan Hamilton and producer Miguel Fernández Flores traveled to the epicenter of the conflict in Michoacán, meeting cartel members on both sides and seeking to understand if anything will or can change for the better.

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44 comments

  1. But if I was a cartel, I would build over the cities taken over, I would protect the villages to make me money 😐

    I would build military fortresses, take over the government just like taliban

    They need to think big

  2. If they die for it, then it was worth it. Really? The war on drugs has been happening for many years. When they get killed for drugs and money, they'll be forgotten and it's never a guarantee that their family will live well after their death. The leaders they work for will never care or protect them, since they live in glory. They work for leaders who live lavishly. Being in a cartel may at times give you an experience in luxury, but there's a time limit. What a sad life.

  3. Ahora eje. Mplo kompro . 5000 mil bolsas..adelantadas para la venta de hoy y las pago yo las paga el las pagas tu nadie debe se presiona. El k surte. Las bolsas k trae de menos. Exactamente el dinero k trae.

  4. Hey Vice there is more to Mexico than guns and drugs, why is every report in Mexico about guns and drugs are you trying to ruin the country or something?

  5. 18:19 Guy on the left: tries grabbing a tortilla for his meat

    Guy in the middle:"Don't touch the fucking tortilla you already had 7 motherfucker."

    Guy on the right: 👀

    Guy on the left: backs up

    Guy in the middle defending grill: 👁👁

  6. mientras tanto en monterrey (capital insdutrial vecino del municipio mas rico de america latina) los imbeciles idolatran a esas mierdas…. viva mexico (notese el sarcasmo)

  7. These videos are so scripted. It just so happens that the day you decide to film with a cartel, that there are THREE national guard trucks coming to get them. So coincidental right?

  8. La seguridad de todos..la presión k esta..entonces trato de ocultarlo por eso solo trato de no haser lo mismo..despues..se junta todo la presion..de ke hize algo mal y la presion k se esta viviendo por k se a infiltrado la presion..

  9. Y la verdad ezactamente..es k todo se junta osea mucha presión se infiltra la presion al momento to de kometer un error .y pues alo mejor de momento yo el akel kiencea trataría de ocultarlo por la presin de las reglas de la kasa .el plato el perro k me kuida .mi seguridad mi familia….y..

  10. Todo kontrolado. .todo kontrol trabaja abase de presion…lapresion de sistema..esa presión no es mala. Es la única esta fundada sobre una base. La kual….es k todo este vien. ..y kual es la presion. Las reglas. Por eso. No son malas por k kuidab el funcionamiento del control. Pero si se infiltra la presion. La presión del kontrol..en un individuo o un ekipo..el konyrol trae presión es kontrol..pero se infiltra la presion..son dos controles ya. Y empieza a fallar el funcionamiento..y todo rápida mente se puede salir de control..

  11. Entonces komo le digo la verdad ami me disen k tengo komo tres historiales..pero la netha komo digo .oceano..osea..sy..entonces solo pido no m kulpen de echos ke en mi kabeza no kabenn..abueno osea aunk me digas k nunka podre komprobarles echos enfermos… komo niños 🚺👩👳‍♂️🤰👗personas ajenas..echos de ..kobardia en ocultar kosas..mal echas kompletamebte fuera del protocolo. Yo devolada digo….k ami nadie m ba akerer aser una reacion..ami de 10 de 1000 02 23 por 5 entonces..les digo..komo kieras amigos amigos..el ekipo ya nos tiene de punta pero no nos dejará aser nada..entonces..lo k te pase aty y sea por mi kulpa ba doble ami..lo k te pase aty por my kulpa.ba doble ami..osea..lok truena arriba truena abajo lo k truene kontigo..tronara konmigo ake horasabe pero tronara si yo fui responsabe…

  12. VICE is pseudo black opps or CIA Agent arming, funding, and coordinating with drug cartels and then are used to attack legitimate governments. Mainly, it's another DEA/CIA arms TRAFFICKING operative or intelligence operative.

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