Drug Cartels

2:59am

Wed October 1, 2014
Television

FX's 'The Bridge' Finds Authenticity In Spanish-Language Scenes

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 7:06 am

Demian Bichir, left, and Diane Kruger star in FX's cross-border crime drama The Bridge.
Bryon Cohen AP

It's the best show that you're probably not watching.

As FX's The Bridge ends its ratings-challenged second season Wednesday, it has told a sprawling story about two detectives — one in El Paso, Texas, and one in Juarez, Mexico — pursuing a Mexican drug cartel.

This year, much of the story has centered on reluctant hero and Mexican police detective Marco Ruiz, who's chasing cartel boss Fausto Galvan. Almost all of those moments are filmed in Spanish, helping flesh out characters who tend to remain mere stereotypes in other shows.

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5:26am

Mon March 24, 2014
Borderland

On The Mend, But Wounds Of Violence Still Scar Juarez

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 10:25 am

Workers arrive at an assembly plant located along the border.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

We had just finished our time in Juarez, Mexico, when we had dinner with some distant relations on the U.S. side of the border. "You," one of my relatives said, "are the first Juarez survivors we've seen in some time."

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5:58am

Thu March 20, 2014
World

At The Border, The Drugs Go North And The Cash Goes South

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 9:07 am

Many drug cartel members die young, and when they do, their families often spend lavishly to construct mausoleums that look like small condos.
John Burnett NPR

The international drug trade goes in two directions: Narcotics go north and money goes south. All the drug profits made on the streets of U.S. cities like Chicago and Atlanta and Dallas are funneled down to ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border where they're smuggled back into Mexico. In 2012, one federal agency alone, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, seized $411 million in cash hidden in vehicles, mostly heading south.

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12:03am

Tue November 26, 2013
Music News

AK-47s, Accordions And Angels Of Death: Narcocorridos Hit The Big Screen

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:28 am

Edgar Quintero of the band Los Bukanas de Culiacan likens what he does in the narcocorrido genre to gangster rap.
Shaul Schwarz Cinedigm

2:18pm

Fri August 9, 2013
World

Mexican Court Frees Drug Lord Convicted In Killing DEA Agent

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 6:28 am

Mexican federal police patrol Friday near Puente Grande State prison (background) in Zapotlanejo, Jalisco state, Mexico, where former top Mexican cartel boss Rafael Caro Quintero was released.
Hector Guerrero AFP/Getty Images

A Mexican court has thrown out the conviction of infamous drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, 28 years after he was convicted and imprisoned for the 1985 kidnapping and murder of U.S. DEA agent Enrique Camarena.

Quintero had been serving a 40-year sentence for torturing and killing Camarena, but the court voided the sentence on a technicality — saying he should have been tried in a state court instead of the federal court where he was convicted.

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