The surprising way this Mexican state is fighting the cartels | The Americas with Simon Reeve – BBC

Arturo Rodriguez heads up an elite tactical unit, tasked with targeting the cartels. Look at the name of them! Black.


Arturo Rodriguez heads up
an elite tactical unit, tasked with targeting the cartels. Look at the name of them!
Black Mamba! So, this is a hardcore vehicle. Bloody hell! You see, this is not OK. Look at this. It’s an impact from the AK-47.
From a Kalashnikov. That’s right. You can probably see on the top
there, this is a… Is it a Barrett Light Fifty? Yes, it’s a
.50 calibre barrel, .50 calibre. .50 calibre bullet.
So that’s serious firepower. Yes, very serious. You are not dealing
with 14-year-olds, are you? You’re dealing with trained gunmen,
often. We have dealt with both. Right. Yes. We have that problem.
Sometimes, they are just kids. A kid with a gun, an AK-47,
on a truck, receiving orders, go and shoot, go and shoot those
guys, go and shoot these guys. I mean, you have to fight back. Unfortunately, they die,
but, I mean, there’s no options. They come and shoot you,
you have to shoot back. Obviously,
we want to save your life. The Mexican government has spent
millions training and equipping this special
forces unit. But in some ways,
the cartels are better resourced. They even run sophisticated
intelligence and surveillance operations. OK. Show us this, what are these? Last year, we found these boxes,
which are like phone company boxes. Right. Some of them with even the
brand of the phone company. Mm-hm. And you see they are just
like regular phone box. Mm-hm. But there’s some cameras inside. Look at that! Look!
They were watching to us. We remove all of them. Mm-hm. What happened, just one month ago, we find out they’ve got a new
technology, they use these lamps. It’s a street light. Yes. On the… Look at this! It’s
the street light here, look at that! It’s a bloody camera! It’s one way of enabling them
to terrorise a community. Oh, yes. Ingenious. Oh, yeah. But when you see this
sort of sophistication, does that frighten you? We take it seriously, for sure.
But, I mean… Let me show you one that we
just… Yesterday. We’re coming into your bedroom,
here? Yeah, you can come! These rifles were captured
yesterday. This is AR-15. But it’s 300, the calibre. This does say on it, curiously,
restricted for military, government,
law enforcement export use only. And it’s very quickly found its way
into the hands of the bad guys. It has a laser. A laser on it. So, is the laser still operational?
Yes. Can you switch it on? Yeah. You see that? This is a sophisticated
and obviously ludicrously deadly assault rifle. You are up against weapons of war. This is what a soldier,
a special forces soldier, would take into a tactical
situation. That’s correct. There’s now more than 30,000
killings in Mexico a year. It’s thought around 70% of gun crime
involves weapons brought and smuggled from the United States. Cartels and corruption
drive violence here, but so does US demand for drugs
and the supply of American firearms. This is the guys.. The times we have
been involved with in a shooting situation. 41 shoot-outs. Yes. This is the guy we have arrested. This is the guy that unfortunately
they have died, shooting against us. So that’s the number of combat
deaths, effectively. Yes. 83. My goodness! And this is in a small
period of time, eight months. And this is just your unit, in this
area. This is talking about 40 guys. Of one state in Mexico. Yes. So, we’re heading
out on patrol with them. We’ve got
to get our PPE on, our body armour. Gracias. Bloody hell! There’s some serious
hardware coming with us. I think realistically
this is all partly to show that the Mexican state is here in force. And it is also partly needed. This is a dangerous place. It’s been more than a decade
since the Mexican government declared all-out war
on the drug cartels. In the chaos that’s followed,
it’s thought up to 200,000 people have died, mainly in battles
between the cartel gangs. The American government
classifies this area of Mexico as a category four conflict zone, on a par with war-torn
countries like Somalia or Yemen. The United States is not just
an observer to this situation. America and Americans have helped
to fuel the drugs trade. As a country, they sell huge
amounts of weapons that ends up in the hands of drug gangs, that
result in this sort of situation. The violence has left
much of the economy here shattered. Foreign companies have left,
factories have shut down. The state government of Tamaulipas
is desperate for investment. In a heavily armed convoy, Victor
took me to see a flagship project, one he hopes will turn
the entire region around. OK. So, we’ve arrived. I can take this off. Why did you think
we should come here? Against all the odds,
around 500 wind turbines are being installed here, providing green
energy to the region. Victor believes this will become
the largest wind farm project in the whole
of Latin America. He hopes it will change everything,
bringing power, jobs and hope to a troubled area. If we come back in ten years,
what do you hope we will see? There are few things more normal,
I think, than a wind turbine turning now. It does look very peaceful,
it’s industry, it’s progress, it’s the future. Even with our heavily armed escort
and armoured cars, my bodyguards were
worried about our safety. After just 15 minutes,
we had to leave because of the threat from cartels. It was a sign of just how
far this area is from anything like normality.

100 thoughts on “The surprising way this Mexican state is fighting the cartels | The Americas with Simon Reeve – BBC”

  1. At :18 seconds the Mexican say "This is not a game" Really? then why isn't El Chapo's son in prison awaiting trial?
    They had him a month ago and let him go. Then the cartels executed the officers involved a week later. Cowards let him go to save their own hides. They lost them anyway; but without honor.

  2. Welp! The Mexican government better start upgrading and investing on some real heavy bullet proof panneling cause the cartels have better equipment.. like Navy Seal, CIA weaponry, good luck!

  3. What BS blaming the US for the ar 15 was clearly marked for military/le use when it was stolen/given by a Mexican national to the cartel or the evidence that Mexico's gun laws don't prevent AK's from being smuggled in as full auto versions are scarcer than hen's teeth in the US? Before dissing the US, why doesn't BBC investigate the denial of self defense in the UK and its own problems with criminals owning the country by illegally using knives and acid to harm its citizens? Why legitimize the cartel criminals and terrorists by American drug addicts the liberal socialist politicians pander too? Stick to giving support to Mexican law enforcement doing a job their own corrupt politicians sell out.

  4. If cartels can build submarines they can build a wind turbine. Turbines with Arabian necktie penetrating laser beams. Frickin laser beams.

  5. An ar15 chambered in 300BLK with a laser is not a "weapon of war" simply because of those characteristics. Dude obviously lacks any firearm knowledge

  6. Is the " cartel de noreste " that has the entire tamaulipas state terrorized ., northeast cartel they used to be , " Los zetas "

  7. Anywhere else these police would be considered blatant fascists but because the BBC apparently agrees with their objective they are willing to give them a pass.

  8. American CIA selling guns illegally to Mexico in exchange for drugs while pretending to fight the drug Trade. CIA is the biggest, most organized Cartel

  9. If the Mexican people want the cartel gone, they will be. Don't blame America. Any societal betterment is the responsibility of the people of that society. No excuses! Viva Mexico 🇲🇽

  10. Mexico should close their border with america and shut down the gun traffic.
    Every country has drug problem, hell even my country is meth epidemic like never before. But…since our local cartel has no guns…somehow its bearable and lifes goes on. Really, shut down the guns first.

  11. The problem with Mexico is not only the drugs. The problem is as deep as corruption can reach. Anywhere there is value the mafias , whether elected or not, will squeeze their share out of it. And their share is big.They have to pay their foot soldiers, the local police and government, the elected officials. Even the military gets their part. Then they get to count their profit.
    How many turns do you think those turbines have to turn to pay that many people?
    It is very very easy to blame only the cartels, with all the violence and gore. However, in the beginning some person that work in the government had to agree and share the plunder.
    This is in our nature. We cannot help it. We feel we have gained something if we cheat.
    And there you go, todays Mexico.

  12. “It’s been a decade since the government fighting against cartels”
    So… are they useless or just corrupted? 🤔

  13. The Chinese sell most of the guns in Mexico. Also Mexican Police and Soldiers sell there guns. If Mexico let the their people defend themselves this wouldn't have happened.

  14. Mass migration doesn't make any significant contribution to humanity. Fact is 99.9% of the 3.6 billion impoverished migrants will never see a rich country. America only takes in 1 million migrants a year, only for these impoverished nations to grow by a whopping 80 million people a year. America also only takes the most intelligent, well-off of these people which actually does more harm than good. We are enticing them to leave their countrymen behind when they should be using their logic and abilities to fix their own nations. I personally have no respect for migrants who come here, graduate from American colleges, and abandon their nations, never to return or do their part. Even if we took 5 million migrants a year (which would destroy our infrastructure), we would still never catch up. The incentive for them to come to wealthy countries needs to stop. They need to stay where they are and fix their own problems. We can give help, but lets help them where they are.

  15. Imagine the only Mexican State that is actually seemingly legitimately fighting back.

    Also imagine BBC blaming this all on American Gun Owners, when they are actually the druggies and dumb college kids who are begging for these drugs, to the point they buy black market firearms and smuggle them to the United States through Illegal Immigrants (more specifically the Cartel people who sneak through with the others). Who would ever have thought :/

  16. Cartel better financed yet won't accept help from other countries lol. But, still not doing anything to curb the violence in mexico like they say they are.

  17. APESAR DE que los demás vayan a ser mejores de lo que ya lo eran pues todo será posible, pero acaso uno no puede ser

  18. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 I have news for you it’s gonna take a hell of a lot more than a wind farm to fix Mexico’s problems

  19. Also when i was on a family vacation in one part of mexico, and once we got on our bus to go to our resorts, i saw one police technical go in front of us, one was behind us, and one was on the right side of us as well. it's a damn good thing we didn't get ambushed and taken captive. And luck had nothing to do with it.

  20. you make a common mistake, an assault rifle is fully automatic, if you were to assault an enemy position with the semi-automatic you would be stupid and dead. Only full auto can keep their heads down.

  21. I am from nuevo laredo. It's a city of that state, Tamaulipas. In the last month 24 members of the CDN cartel was killed. Well, with the time you see this normal in diary day. But in the last 2 years before September of 2019 we not see any shooting between the cartel and police. This is the Mexico what the people not see. México it's a great country with amazing people. If you are planning come to Mexico. It's OK, but just visit important cities with security
    Guadalajara, CDMX (the zones of rich people), Yucatan its ok. Just take care and the most probably you will see nothing. This is normal in the nort of the country, but well… Magic México. Maybe I wanna make video in English with this themes in the future… It's a personal project, just maybe. Now I am preparing myself to get job in USA or Canada in the next 2 or 3 years. I don't wanna see this again.
    If you are more interest in this themes visit page called
    Blog del narco
    I don't know if it is blocked to other countries for the content. This page have information of shootings in the most dangerous zones in Mexico. And videos of murders between the different cartels.
    But research whit discretion the content is so violent really violent
    (sorry with my English I am practicing all days. I did my best)

  22. The reporter it's kind of doing his job but his being fl buy the police
    The police are the CRIMINALS and the big corrupt gang

  23. The government is trying to get rid of The Sinaloa cartel but no one talks about how they are helping cartel Jalisco take control of mexico👎 because they’ve made a deal with them if you don’t believe me you’re ignorant and need to do your research. Not to mention cartel Jalisco is far far more brutal then The Sinaloa cartel

  24. The surprising way is that they aren’t doing anything. Although Mexico is very beautiful it has and will continue to be corrupt.

  25. I like how this idiot blames the America for the weapons Check the ser.# I bet it came To the Mexico Gov. who issued to another policy Dept. our Mexico Military

  26. If you want to see the 2 more gruesome cartel videos on the internet then google search: 1) Policeman Tortured and Beheaded, his Son Flayed Alive in Guerrero Mexico & 2) Struggling man with peeled face and hands cut off is brutally beheaded with flimsy blade

  27. Patrolling the city with lights on and sirens 🚨 wtf They are clowns they don’t want to arrest the cartels because they don’t get bonus 😹

  28. Estamos en paz en Tamaulipas 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  29. Check out operation fast and furious where our government (US) thought it was a great idea to send ak 47s over to the cartels.

  30. we have the worst president in history protect drug lords as the children of el chapo and evo morales should return to make another report so they can see that the country is going to the pipe

  31. A kilo here and there of marijuana or cocaine making it across the border during the '60s and '70s wasn't a big deal, however, today someone wants to poison our youth and future armed forces with hopeless addictions or death

  32. Mexico is hands down one of the most beautiful countries in the world, unfortunately it has been destroyed by cartels. I heard the police got El chapos son and they had to let it go because the cartel outnumbered the police officers

  33. It baffles me on how the U.S. turns a blind eye in the fact that they're the BIGGEST CONSUMER. Gotta love the reverse rhetoric they use against my people but we will rise as ALWAYS.

  34. Lol talks about the little AR15 like its the most dangerous thing ever made when there's clearly a bigger gun sitting right next to it.

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