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Examining Mexico’s Drug War

February 6th, 2014
05:22 PM ET

To date more than 100,000 people have died in Mexico as a result of the drugs war.

We brought you a report by Channel 4 News reporter Guillermo Galdos, who was given rare access to Mexico's answer to 'Breaking Bad'.

Servando 'La Tuta' Gómez is a former schoolteacher, and one of the most wanted men in Mexico. In Michoacan, Mexico, La Tuta rules like an unofficial governor. He is the head of the Knights Templar Cartel, a group that has carried out thousands of gruesome murders among people who don't obey their rules.

"We are a necessary evil," La Tuta tells a gathered crowd of city locals, filmed in the report. "Unfortunately, or fortunately, we are here. If we weren't here another group would come."

He’s on the run with $2.5 million on his head, but with whiskey in his hand and a gun in his back pocket he tells Galdos "We are not going to fix the world. And that's business. There are people who dedicate themselves to business. But we all know that this is business."

In response to his rule by intimidation and fear, several ‘self-defence units’ have sprung up – vigilantes with the aim of fighting back. They finance themselves partly through profits from lemon farms, but their actions haven’t been welcomed by the Mexican government.

See the full report above.To find out more about how deep this crisis goes Becky spoke to Ana Maria Salazar, former assistant to the US Special Envoy to the Americas and head of the US Pentagon’s Anti-Narcotics Unit.

She also talked to Rafael Romo, CNN correspondent in Mexico, about the organisation and origins of the many vigilante groups.


Filed under:  Analysis • Becky's Interviews • Drugs • Mexico • South America • Video
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