How Mexican Drug Cartels Make Billions | The War On Drugs

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In the Mexican War on Drugs, the word, “cartel” gets thrown around a lot. The Sinaloa Cartel; The Gulf Cartel; La Famillia; Los Zetas.

But who actually are these organisations which have inflicted grotesque violence on Mexico – and made billions of dollars in the process? How did they grow from small smuggling gangs, to mighty empires – and then splinter into separate factions each fighting one another?

And, crucially, what role did the War on Drugs itself play in making this violence inevitable?

Correction: June 17, 2021
An earlier version of this video showed footage of the Zapatistas when referencing the Zetas.

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