Secrets of Mexico’s Drug War (03:57)
Despite the American government spends billions fighting drug cartels in Mexico, it is accused of making deals with criminals. Drug trafficker Joaquín Guzmán (El Chapo) was captured by the American government in February of 2014.
Sophisticated Criminal Enterprise (02:26)
The U.S./Mexican border is the largest drug trafficking site in the world. The epicenter of the Mexican drug trafficking trade is Sinaloa; the cartel has a board and presence in 58 countries. As of 2008, heroin has been a staple of the business.
Flores Brothers: Snitches (03:02)
Attorney John R. Deleon compares the rise of Pedro and Margarito Flores in the drug trade to young professionals climbing the corporate ladder. The Flores brothers were expected to organize the distribution of the Sinaloa cartel's heroin in Chicago; they became informants for the U.S. government.
Mexican Heroin Floods Chicago (02:35)
The Eisenhower Expressway's nickname is the "Heroin Highway." The strength of the heroin means that people no longer have to inject it, spurring misconceptions about the drug's potential for addiction and overdose. Overdoses in Du Page County, Chicago have soared.
Dirty Money in the Legal Market (02:07)
The Sinaloa Cartel launders drug trafficking money. For years, they deposited it into banks, including HSBC; the British bank was found guilty of failing to prevent money laundering. El Chapo became public enemy number one.
Divide and Conquer (02:10)
After the Mexican government declared war on the drug cartels in 2006, a bloody war ensued. The Sinaloa Cartel attempted to take control; gangs employed tactics including torture and beheadings. After five years, over 100,000 Mexicans were killed; the Mexican government may have tried to pit rival gangs against one another.
Operation Fast and Furious (02:11)
Most of the guns used in the Mexican drug war came from the U.S. ATF agents including John Dodson used a special plan to track gun trafficking networks, trying to prevent the flow of weapons from Phoenix, Arizona to Mexico.
Gun Buyer Business (03:28)
A gun dealer describes his role in identifying gun traffickers. Dodson identified a man buying guns to traffic to the Sinaloa Cartel. His team moved in but were told to stand down and keep surveillance on the trafficker.
Violent Crime Capital of Mexico (02:04)
Despite Dodson's complaints, his bosses refused to arrest anyone; violence increased in Mexico. A young couple in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico became accustomed to living in a violent city and numb to seeing dead bodies when they were teenagers.
Teenage Victims (04:05)
The couple recalls a convoy of cars carrying armed men opening fire on a party they attended, killing many of their teenage friends. The gunmen thought the party was a rival gang.
Drug War Massacres (03:05)
The families of the murdered teenagers acquired a court document stating the guns used in the attack were part of an American gun tracking operation. Friends of the victims feel helpless against the American government.
Serious, Isolated Mistake (03:36)
Border patrol agent Brian Terry was killed by a rip crew with a gun traced to the Fast and Furious operation ; Dodson decided to blow the whistle when he realized the ATF was trying to cover up the case. The U.S. Congress launched an investigation. The scandal was blamed on the ATF in Phoenix.
Federal Government's Role (02:24)
Dodson says the men placing the orders for the trafficked firearms were paid FBI informants. The Sinaloa Cartel took control of Ciudad Juárez.
Alleged Promise of Immunity (03:48)
President Obama blocked the release of information related to the Fast and Furious operation. Vicente Zambada was arrested in 2009 in Mexico City; the most senior cartel member extradited to the United States.
High Profile Drug Busts Via Informant (00:13)
Zambada claimed he was an informant for the DEA, using Mexican attorney Humberto Loya Castro to communicate with the government; Castro worked for the Sinaloa Cartel. The government denies any deal with any cartel.
"So-Called War on Drugs" (02:58)
Zambada's lawyers demanded Castro testify in court, but the United States government blocked his testimony on the grounds of national security. Zambada will never go on trial. His sentence was reduced in exchange for cooperation with the U.S. government.
Losing Battle against Trafficers (02:24)
Chapo's capture remains a mystery; the Sinaloa Cartel continues to traffic drugs to America. The international drug trade was not deterred by the American government.
Are We the Bad Guys? (02:50)
The gun dealer that supplied the Fast and Furious operation still feels unsafe; the incarcerated cartel members have short prison sentences. Dodson remains with the ATF but feels his career is not improving.
Credits: The World's Most Wanted (00:35)
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