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February 25, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Geolocating Mexican Sicarios in Chihuahua

On April 08 2015, the person behind the “La Polaka” Youtube profile posted this video (YouTube). It features an unidentified cameraman walking alongside a resting convoy of about 15 vehicles and 50 heavily armed men wearing assault gears, military fatigues or civilian clothing. As the cameraman is cheering the column, radio communications can be heard between a group leader and “Meny” – likely an advanced element of the commando, scouting for possible enemies or security forces. One can hear the cameraman repeating “Animo, sicarios” which can be translated as “let’s go get them, hitmen”. The scene was reportedly filmed during late fall 2014, prior to clashes with a rival gang. Based on what can be observed in the video, it is possible to pinpoint the exact location of the deadly convoy.

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August 22, 2015

By Aliaume Leroy

Rastreando Relojes Suizos en Sinaloa: Las 5 Marcas Más Populares Entre Los Narcotraficantes Mexicanos

François Pilet (L’Hebdo) and Aliaume Leroy. English to Spanish by Diego Recinos .  For the article in English In the old days, discretion was the rule to follow for drug kingpins in Mexico. Take the example of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, known as “the world ‘s most powerful trafficker.” The 60 year old man appears…

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August 7, 2015

By Aliaume Leroy

Tracking Swiss Watches in Sinaloa: Top 5 Luxury Brands Among Mexican Drug Lords

By François Pilet (L’Hebdo) and Aliaume Leroy Spanish Version In the old days, secrecy and discretion were the rule for Mexican drug lords. Take Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, for example. Known as “the world’s most powerful trafficker,” the 60 year old only appears on a handful of pictures. He does not need to cultivate his fame,…

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March 20, 2015

By Aliaume Leroy

Assessing Mexico’s Guerra al Narco

A week ago, the Mexican government celebrated another success in its Guerra al Narco: the capture of two drug kingpins. Servando Gómez Martínez (picture above), a.k.a “La Tuta” was arrested in a somewhat peculiar manner in Morelia, Michoacan state. The Mexican security forces located the leader of the Knights Templar cartel, a former primary school teacher, in…

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December 17, 2014

By Aliaume Leroy

Mexico’s Guerra al Narco: A Disaster Rooted in Misinterpretations

With the recent disappearance of 43 students in the Mexican city of Iguala, that highlighted once more the country’s profound issues with corruption and drug cartels, three questions require answers: Why did Mexico’s Guerra al Narco fail? What are the reasons? What is the extent of this failure? Shortly after taking office on the 1st of…

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