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cartel wars

4 articles

Growing Up in the World's Deadliest City

A generation that has seen inestimable violence comes of age in Juarez.


An American Drug Lord in Acapulco

How a middle-class jock from a Texas border town became La Barbie, one of the most ruthless and feared cartel leaders in Mexico.


Life on the Line

The intertwined destinies of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.


Arming the Drug Wars

American demand for drugs gave birth to the cartel war that is paralyzing Mexico, but American guns purchased legally across the Southwest and smuggled over the border have made it staggeringly lethal.