Mexico's Drug War

Mexico's Drug War

2010, Drugs  -   81 Comments
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Mexico's Drug WarViolence is running out of control in Mexico as rival drug cartels battle over the smuggling routes to America. Mexico's president has declared war on the gangsters but the only result appears to be an escalation of the killings.

More than 7000 people were killed in drug-related violence in Mexico in 2009 and 2010 has already got off to a gruesome and bloody start. The man who runs Mexico’s most powerful drugs cartel, Chapo Guzman, continues to elude capture.

Ranked as one of the world’s richest and most powerful men, Guzman’s exploits are glorified in folk songs and his recent wedding was allegedly attended by senior Mexican officials.

Katya Adler journeys deep into the heart of a shocking conflict, uncovering the human stories behind the seemingly random and disturbing violence. She asks whether the continuing freedom of the world's most powerful drug runner, Joaquin Chapo Guzman, is evidence that the Government's war is toothless.

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John
John
6 years ago

I think humanity is insane. End of story

John
John
6 years ago

The trouble with pot growers is they are destroying the environment at an astronomical rate.

Dominik Simin
Dominik Simin
8 years ago

Poor, Poor Mexico.

Don'tWorryaboutit
Don'tWorryaboutit
10 years ago

Looking through the comments just laughing out loud. First of all Chapo Guzman is actually the most powerful drug lord he is the most wanted by the US FBI and in the documentary (1:00) they show an image of a guy saying that is Chapo Guzman when actually that is another drug lord Chapo Guzman partner Mayo Zambada and I personally think this documentary does a good job showing the violence that is occurring in Mexico but I think before that lady even decided to publish the documentary she should of gotten her facts right. I just hate the fact that all these people talking about drug lords and their lives when they do not know anything. Many people think that if they get their shit together they will find Chapo Guzman but I personally think they won't he does not hide in SInaloa he is a smart man who hides in different places he is always moving from place to place and many Mexican citizens do not even turn him because his cartel helps the needed people and he tries to do no harm until they get into his bad side. All of you guys should just do your re-search on this topic and will see that this documentary has many errors.

RIGHTS TO PPL
RIGHTS TO PPL
10 years ago

best comment of the movie...taking away guns and adding gun laws only hurts the people who obtain the guns LEGALLY. The people committing the crimes still have the guns because they get the guns ILLEGALLY. So let's disarm the law abiding citizens so we get slayed by the thugs who have guns? Sounds legit.......

Victor Vonzell
Victor Vonzell
11 years ago

Are any of these people telepathic that have been killed and are any of the killers telepathic? Next question does the US or the Mexciain Goverment know? And just what are they doing about besides let these people kill each other or assisting in the killing of these people? There are those that know what I'm asking and they are to afraid to ask these questions.

charlesparkinson
charlesparkinson
11 years ago

Katya Adler speaks Spanish. Why does she talk at some people in English when they only speak Spanish?

mexico_dentist
mexico_dentist
12 years ago

The trade will not end just as any other crime for money will not. Legalization will probably drive prices even higher as regulation increases cost. Violence is on the decline for now and hope it continues.

Kevin Cotroneo
Kevin Cotroneo
12 years ago

Video's been removed.

terry howard
terry howard
12 years ago

Read Fast & Furious....the U.S. and their part of the phony war on drugs....

kiraak miabhai
kiraak miabhai
12 years ago

For those who blame US govt they are 100% correct; look at opium growth around american embassy in Afghanistan, worlds largest producer of opium, with annual opium growth rate 600% since US invasion. You cannot deny the facts or cause-relationship.

Miguel Pereira
Miguel Pereira
12 years ago

Like the chief of Rio's police said once: "Without weapons, there's no trafficking in Rio! Why build weapons in the 21st century, are there any borders to determine? No! hasn't the wall come down? Yes. So why build weapons? The dealers use AR-15's, that's Colt made! If US want to shut down the cocaine farms in Colombia, i want to close the Colt factory in America!! Is that too much to ask?"

Errrr... Yeah!
El Chapo marries a young woman and has government officials as guests. That tells me those weapons don't arrive to the cartel via that little gun market in EL Paso...

Octopus
Octopus
12 years ago

Chapo Guzman is not the most powerful drug Lord. it is the US govt.

Alain Rosebush
Alain Rosebush
12 years ago

It really drives me up the wall what the American homeland security guy says circa 40 min in here:
"...marijuana is the chief revenue generator (for the cartels)...Legalization is not, for us, an answer. It amounts to throwing up our hands and conceding that nothing can be done about that."
It's like there are some mis-wired connections in this guy's brain (along with so many others who still think prohibition can work after all this time).
In other words the guy is basically saying 'the solution is painfully obvious, but if we choose to go ahead and solve the problem, that would be like admitting that we hadn't already solved it, which we haven't.'
Really, what is it about prohibition that is so attractive to people? It's going to get people to stop smoking marijuana?

Gilbert
Gilbert
12 years ago

The exact same days in which Mex Press Felipe Calderon Declares war on drugs, the Cartel Of Sinaloa starts to want to take the whole norther territory for drug dominance, does not sound too much of a coincidence? of course it would be, Joaquin Loera ( aka El chapo Guzman ) is in an aliance with the Fed Gov to control the entire continent for drug selling to mainly the U.S. and Central America, Felipe Calderon is not trying to stop Drug Lords, he is just trying to give the territories to his brother-in-law, too much money in stake, wake up people, things are not the way they look like they are.

BLueHaiL
BLueHaiL
12 years ago

Mexico needs to use their brains on this one. What would it take to actually capture this guy alive? Wouldn't they have to get some sort of brand new aerial photography cameras or some up to date equipment so they can use it on top of helicopters sent into the Sinaloa valley to find El Chapo and quit dicking around? If we have satellites with lasers that can read the newspaper you're holding in front of your face -from space....and see it as clear as day....don't you think Mexico's president would have the recognizance it requires to purchase one of these satellites and use it to find this drug kingpin? Just a suggestion.

BLueHaiL
BLueHaiL
12 years ago

They won't be able to abolish our 2nd Amendment right without having to abolish the entire US Constitution first. With that being said, they probably will sometime in the near future do just that, as Obama keeps pushing for a global alliance, aka: a One World Government or New World Order, like many others in powerful positions are doing right along with him all over the world now. And yes, the US should get rid of the whole "War on Drugs" campaign; seeing that it's not working. It's a fact that more Americans are using and benefiting from marijuana use than ever before and more Americans are using legally prescribed pain medication and other pills as much as -if not more than most people use drugs that have been deemed "illegal" by our gov't today. We need to establish small amounts of various illegal drugs and decriminalize them (which is different than making the drugs in question legal entirely) that way we could get out of debt and the problems at the borders we're experiencing would go away. I say borders, because we have the same problems at the Canadian border that we do in Mexico, but the drugs in question coming in from Canada are in another form....in pill form....which makes it tricky seeing that most Americans not only consume legally prescribed pills in record amounts, but they are also dying from the addiction and many other various problems stemming from legal pain pill usage....including impurities found in the drugs made by the labs. We then would need to find out a way to mix the two drug enterprises, making both illegal and legal drugs available to the masses, taxed (because you know we're not gonna get anything without it being processed and taxed by our gov't) and handed out by prescription from doctors who are not only taught well but who are also a part of a government mandated program.

joey77
joey77
12 years ago

It's unbelievable that the ATF got caught red handed and nothing's being done. This operation goes all the way to the president, Obama, and he should be kicked out of the presidency immediatly. They are using this to get all our guns and abolish the 2nd ammendment. I say come and get them. It's a war at the border and more people are dying than in Vietnam, yet we don't see it being covered by mainstream media, just covered up.

Jason Carter
Jason Carter
12 years ago

Look up Operation "Fast and Furious" they got the guns from the american government. The government has probably been giving them
guns for a long time to keep those drugs
coming across the boarder to kill their own citizens.

toy
toy
12 years ago

Where do the guns come from? Where is America? Oh yeh they in Middle east killing kids... why dont america take care of their neighbours.. thats why it comes to this.. supply and demand.. maxi maize proffits.. they simply adapted the American kapitalism.. as all gangsters done.. Kill every competition..

kangeroo89
kangeroo89
12 years ago

U.S.A. is the biggest consumer of drugs on the planet ..why dont they grow some balls and grow and supply thier own habit ? give america back to the indians at least they grew thier own crops ...

EKreuz
EKreuz
12 years ago

Gun control works... for the cartels. For commoners, they have to live in fear as they cannot defend themselves or their family.

opiumblogger
opiumblogger
12 years ago

Why is the reporter, Katya Adler, wearing the same shirt throughout the entire documentary?

The war on drugs is not unlike the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A lot of people have a vested interest in the continuance of the war on drugs in the same way that Halliburton, Carlyle Group, and the whole Military-Industrial Complex has a vested interest in keeping the "war on terrorism" going.

StillRV
StillRV
12 years ago

The decriminalization of marijuana is key to all of this. On the plus side it appears that may become true sooner than later. Some states have already decriminalized possession and these things tend to have a domino effect. I don't support total free drug mentality though. Crack, Meth, heroine.. those drugs are horrible. They are a death sentence to all addicts. It is only a question of how many innocent people they hurt before the die. However cutting out the starter drug would help to control the others. The everyday drug dealer sells weed until they have made enough money to graduate to the bigger stuff. So eliminating that could well help the situation greatly.

Ron Pal
Ron Pal
12 years ago

Makes me sick, and as we know CIA is the one giving the cartells their weapons.. f*** these laws and f*** the war on drugs.

Irishkev
Irishkev
12 years ago

Katya kicks Danny Dyer's butt btw!

Irishkev
Irishkev
12 years ago

Man, and they still wont legalize the weed, ridiculous ,isn't it?

Jarris Macias Jrmx
Jarris Macias Jrmx
12 years ago

Also miss reporter what you did right there riding with the military convoy is really stupid because they do not know how to drive.. did you at leaste researched how many accidents they cause and have been causing?

Jarris Macias Jrmx
Jarris Macias Jrmx
12 years ago

Also he claims he cleansed the police but nowadays the active cops are kidnappers and work for the drug cartels..

Jarris Macias Jrmx
Jarris Macias Jrmx
12 years ago

On Minute 29 Reyez Ferris is Lying because the police chief was not stopped on the border, he was caught in a house in Horizon Texas with 1 Ton of Marihuana..

You just came to hear lies from that RAT he took more money from the city and left it in ruins also... you wasted your time on this documentary because you dont even have the slightest idea of what is going on here...

A Juarez Citizen.

1WonkyFunkfart69
1WonkyFunkfart69
12 years ago

End the "war on drugs" begun by Nixon in 1972 and you solve the problem of prohibition having made plants like marijuana, coca and the poppy SO expensive. This naturally causes corruption due to human greed. Sell 'drugs' like we do tobacco and alcohol, and use the revenue for saving this planet!

1WonkyFunkfart69
1WonkyFunkfart69
12 years ago

End the "War on Drugs" started by Nixon in 1972 and you solve the problem of prohibition making worthless plants like marijuana, coca and the poppy so expensive. The inflated value of these plants is what creates corruption as a natural consequence of human greed.

Benji Prize
Benji Prize
12 years ago

I live in El Paso TX and have lived in Juarez!! I love El Paso TX it's soooo fun and safe here!!! Great people with great vibes!!! I am a local underground dance music dj/producer...enjoying every second of it!!!

am153
am153
12 years ago

the guys killed in the silver car near the border fence were prob killed by US

leonardobdas
leonardobdas
12 years ago

I can imagine El Chapo talking about god to his comrades, prepping and wrapping his scheme of the destruction of self preservation. I can imagine Santa Maria de Guadalupe believing drug goons getting their blessings from a priest as they go on the killing spree dujour.

Imagine getting the feeling in your gut that you are automatically forgiven for what you are about to do, confirmed by your drug family and your gun: yep, regular people the go ahead to become monsters overtime. That is made more sinister when we think that those involved in the drug war don't want to die, just like cops don't: they all have families. they make little money, the bad apples outnumber the goods ones 10 to 1, and the population silences themselves because they have no self preservation left or guns. The mexican economy does't help either, since I am sure dissolving bodies surely beats brick laying, specially if one is peer pressured to enter the trade as proof of their manhood. Now, with the advantage of a poor american economy, traffickers are double winnerswith the higher demand caused by people wanting to be numb. There is no end to it and demand it not to blame, rather it just used as subterfuge to the bigger problem: nobody wants to stop milking this cash cow, and who would?

The poor mexican people is not to blame with stereotypes or hate of any kind, as bad as some tacos can be. Surely it all seems like their reliability and laziness is their nature, but it is not exclusive to them: people want it easy no matter their country of origin. If telepathically talking to Santa Magdalena is whats left of humanity in them, then lazy corruption will make legends of their criminals at the sound of the accordion.

Now, personally, I like the death penalty to all drug trafficking and police corruption: enter it face death by hanging. I also think users of meth/crack should face severe punishment.......such as public lashings to serve as example. For drugs such as marijuana I think punishment of some kind is necessary.... such as heavy fines and taking away people's car if they are pulled over while using, for they finance trafficking to a large extent. Now, of course, if marijuana was legalized and taxed, then I think it is subject to similar laws as with alcohol and that would be a lot better for everyone.

I am not sure if cocaine should be legalized myself... sounds like a bad idea. I suppose if there was a way to control hoe much people could buy a week or something. A far as I understand, it is possible to use coke recreationally without many problems.

Enlighten me..

Sabin Russell
Sabin Russell
12 years ago

it seems that the US doesnt care about mexico

Bill Ches
Bill Ches
12 years ago

this reporter is such a dbag

AGahool
AGahool
12 years ago

Operation fast and furious is the answer to resolve these crimes. CIA, FBI, TSA and ATF are sending illigal weopns to the drug cartels in exchange for drugs. They are making tons of money, and they would never legalize the drugs, because then they loose their monopoly on this lucritive criminal money machine.

0zyxcba1
0zyxcba1
12 years ago

I have seen this documentary a while back, on YouTube.

Decriminalize all drugs, as has been done in the Czech Republic!

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