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

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 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. 3:02
    That's definitely something the cartel got off an American operative or a Mexican one who is getting arms from the US. Aimpoint Micro, BCM rail, Radian charging handle, etc. – pretty high-end parts widely available on the civilian market.

  2. No they do not. It hurts to say it but they don't the "cartels" do and its a fact. Just look at Mexican Marines capturing the son of El Chapo and having to relese him because the cartels where already gathering on the whole city. Link: https://youtu.be/TGjpZ4bGACw

  3. Let’s get this straight an AR 15 is not an assault rifle but it’s a very deadly weapon and no one can deny that, if you do you’re an idiot. Even though these weapons aren’t military grade weapons (according to a lot of US citizens) they can certainly be used to fight a army. And because these weapons are so readily available in the US they’re being smuggled in to or being illegally manufactured in Mexico and being used to fight the police.

  4. this shits all an act they want u to think their doing shit about the cartels but really their just helping the cartel

  5. The " mexican government" IS a cartel. Stop acting like the " bad guys" are anything more than their competition. Mexico( as most central american countries) have been narco client states of the usa since the early 70s.

  6. Mexico 🇲🇽 can Exterminate Cartels 💪by Becoming a Iron Fist 👊Dictatorship 💪💪it's the only way 💪🇲🇽💪

  7. Saved by the windmills and green energy, once the Cartels saw the green energy windmills they got scared and quit killing, kidnapping, extorting an selling drugs….. LOL

  8. A laser pointer off Amazon. CAN YOU TURN IT ON AND OFF?! OH MY GOD THIS IS A SERIOUS TACTICOOL WEAPON A SPEC OPS FROGMAN WOULD CARRY INTO BATTLE

  9. Make agreement with US. Unleash the US military upon the cartels. Drink, celebrate and sleep (Not necessarily in this order). Easy-peasy. But life is complicated, huh? Dinero, dinero.

  10. The only thing that will solve Mexico's problem is to start killing on the spot gang members, amend their Constitution and add a version of a second amendment, too many bad guys have guns and law-abiding citizens have none

  11. I was gonna write of how the reporter used too large of words for the guns, but he just did so much that annoyed me there's too much to say. The anti-american bullshit, ignoring every other country and Mexico's own inability to handle crime. "america is not just an observer, they buy the drugs, and provide the guns" It's not like we're trying to, they're literally criminals that do both those, other countries are buying just as much drugs, guns can be found in mexico.

  12. reporter: sees laser
    also reporter: A SPECIAL FORCES UNIT WOULD TAKE THIS INTO BATTLE
    bruh they are special forces unit, even if they weren't most US soldiers have lasers on their guns

  13. "Weapons of war" please tell me, what weapons havent been used in war? Everything from fists and sticks to nuclear bombs have been used in war. Cars are weapons of war, should we ban those so the cops are only going up against criminals with weapons of war? How about kitchen knives? Im sure you can find a war in history where basically all oneside had was some silverware. How about air rifles? There was an entire war won with just air rifles. This infatuation with labeling a tool as something dangerous when on its own it does no harm to anybody or anything is rediculious. You wanna label nuclear bombds dangerous, thats fine, because if you sit a nuclear bomb next to a group of people chances are they will die of radiation poisoning. That doesnt happen with a gun. It just sits there and does nothing until someone pulls the trigger, just like a car sits there and does nothing until someone hits the gas pedal. If the civilians were properly armed in Mexico there wouldnt be an issue with the cartels. Many mexican civilians are fed up and have taken matters into their own hands, and some have doing well, some not so well. They have stolen guns from corrupt cops and the cartels as well as using legally bought firearms and are fighting against the cartels and gangs, but they don't get much media attention because they are honest normal people fed up with tyranny and fighting back, which goes completely against the narrative. Some places have been successful, some have not. Good luck to the honest cops down there.

  14. It's ALL for sIhow. Regrettably, their economy would collapse without cartels. Their economy: 1/3 from cartels, 1/3 from labor working here, sending money back, 1/3 from Pemex, a corrupt oil company being gutted. THAT'S THEIR ECONOMY. All the working age males are HERE! So how the hell is Mexico supposed to grow an economy?
    1st Best Solution: Annex Mexico, make it the U.S. No one has to go anywhere.

    2nd Best Solution: Let it fall, making their government wipe their own ass. Help (if they ask us). BTW, Mexico declined Trumps offer to wipe the cartels off the earth; after the MASSACRE of American women and children. Why not our help? Because, El Presidente: "No Bueno, it's been tried before". SO, it will NEVER change.
    That's Why THE WALL. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Gratefully, PEACE.

  15. It's ALL for sIhow. Regrettably, their economy would collapse without cartels. Their economy: 1/3 from cartels, 1/3 from labor working here, sending money back, 1/3 from Pemex, a corrupt oil company being gutted. THAT'S THEIR ECONOMY. All the working age males are HERE! So how the hell is Mexico supposed to grow an economy?
    1st Best Solution: Annex Mexico, make it the U.S. No one has to go anywhere.

    2nd Best Solution: Let it fall, making their government wipe their own ass. Help (if they ask us). BTW, Mexico declined Trumps offer to wipe the cartels off the earth; after the MASSACRE of American women and children. Why not our help? Because, El Presidente: "No Bueno, it's been tried before". SO, it will NEVER change.
    That's Why THE WALL. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Gratefully, PEACE.

  16. The Mexican militias have kicked the cartels out of entire areas. The Mexican government employees have helped the cartels. The people with single shot rifles defeated the cartels and the corrupt police. The Mexican president said they aren't going to fight against the cartels. Bought and bribed. Report the real news.

  17. This is a ludicrous rifle
    Producer: take it higher
    This is a military rifle.
    Producer: take it higher.
    This is a rifle you'd see on the battlefield.
    Producer: take it higher.
    This a rifle a soldier would carry.
    Producer: take it higher.
    This is a rifle that Special Forces would carry.
    Producer: nailed it.

  18. Hello World… Drug Cartel are so dominant in Mexico simply because it was tolerated by their past Government. I am not saying that their Government is directly in cohorts of the cartel but somehow my own point of view it did not take a more serious, agressive and decisive action to stop it during the early days of its operation. On the other hand, US pretend to be holy and saint, they promised to dismantle the cartels in Mexico, ironically they failed to solved their own problems in their own backyard… Unsolicited advice, if Mexico and US want to obliterate the Drug Cartels and its empire, then they must do it the DUTERTE way… or maybe ask the Philippine Government if it is possible to borrow their President for a while, RODRIGO DUTERTE… and for sure in one year time or less, Cartels will have a dose of their own impunity…

  19. British journalist: gets shot*

    Also British journalists: “as you can this bullet that has drilled through my skull is a very deadly and sophisticated bullet”

  20. The UN should have their own elite sniper units whose sole purpose is to wipe out drug cartels and drug dealers. As a world we need to end this problem now, not just wait decade by decade for it to get worse. Time for the cartels to die, get it over with!

  21. Certain groups of people who shall remain nameless in San Francisco have Mac10s and Export model G39s. Even in the land of gun-control rhetoric people still manage to have their favorite modern warfare class in real life.

  22. First of all they deserve the problems they have…when the police man says we have no choice we have to kill the little boys then you should be prepared to pay with your lives.
    If you really wanted to put an end to all this shxt then legalize all drugs, absolutely everything… This is not your problem that you have a crazy neighbor to the north that has an unquenchable hunger for drugs, all you are doing is raising the price and adding blood to the cost… None of that is necessary, America has no choice but to legalize all drugs eventually… Give the customer everything they want untill they puke out their ears…. The cartels will use military grade drones with hellfire missiles and tanks…. Be smart legalize everything and legalize all guns, give the people a fighting chance to defend themselves… From them and from you…
    Plus it's not about some stupid windmills, if you have clean water, clean air, clean food, clean energy, free internet and real honesty and justice every economy will succeed!

  23. Lol what the heck the police think they doin with only a couple of Insurgents!
    The cartels have oppressors and shit

  24. Next to those men, the reporter is a naive child only to put down the U.S, the drug trade is a worldwide problem blaming the U.S won't make the baddies go away.

  25. U impressed with this? Search for "Brazilian caveirao" that's a armored vehicle that's sees battle every single week.

  26. Shouldn't those rifles be in a evidence room with a evidence tag. That's why mexico is the way it is. This crooked cop had the rifle in his bedroom.

  27. Like how the guy reads what’s on the gun saying restricted for military then blames Americans for selling and buying guns 😂 they’d get those even if guns were illegal in America

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