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The Sinaloa Cartel Is Alive And Thriving Without El Chapo: VICE News Tonight

The Sinaloa drug cartel is the largest cartel in the world, and it’s estimated to rake in $3 billion a year. VICE News visited Mexico’s Golden Triangle, the stronghold of the Sinaloa cartel, just days before the extradition of drug lord El Chapo.

A decade ago, Mexico declared war on the country’s drug cartels, deploying the military to dismantle them. That means destroying their drug crops.

“They do the destruction by hand and also with fumigation with air force planes,” Cmdr. Cesar Augusto Bonilla told VICE News in the “Golden Triangle,” which is notorious for its marijuana and poppy production. “They collect everything that’s been destroyed, and continue to incinerate it.”

These types of raids are supposed to cut into the cartel’s profits, just as the arrest of kingpins like El Chapo are supposed to cripple trafficking networks by removing their top commanders. But even after his decade-long imprisonment, and now as he faces extradition, the organization El Chapo built is very much intact.

“Nothing has changed here,” the local boss said. “Drug trafficking will never end.”

Read: “We visited a hidden poppy field the Sinaloa Cartel uses to produce heroin” –

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33 thoughts on “The Sinaloa Cartel Is Alive And Thriving Without El Chapo: VICE News Tonight

  1. The Sinaloa drug cartel is the largest cartel in the world, and it’s estimated to rake in $3 billion a year. VICE News visited Mexico’s Golden Triangle, the stronghold of the Sinaloa cartel, just days before the extradition of drug lord El Chapo.
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  2. US created the Heroin demand with prescribing opioids and make addicts this way. Still we think they are fighting the drug war LOOL in your dreams retards.

  3. Funny how the ignorant law abiding retards really think there is a real drug war going on, it's only to shut up the world about it, they kill some, arrest some. Meanwhile everybody is profiting like mad greedy business man, you guys have no idea how strong the power of money is, it's sad how the world don't have a clue but still they all think to have the solution LOL.

    Pathetic little peasants.

  4. I have been witnessing this "The War On Drugs" going on for the past 50 years, along with the Billions and Billions of taxpayers dollars funding it. But there is heroin, coke, and meth in every city, town, and village in North America. So WTFs with that? Do you really think that the "Cartels" are the only ones getting rich off this tax free enterprise?

  5. Mexico's Military is a complete joke. Wanna end all that shit? In a joint effort with the Mexican Military, the US should send in the Air Force, & bomb the shit out of that area. Problem solved. It will never happen though, too much fucken money to go around. It's the Benjamins that make the world go around…

  6. Why does America need to get involved in everything? And don't say "ah it's cos their cociane is going into American streets"because their cocaine is in many other countries around the world . Corrupt government.

  7. I'm pretty sure that nobody expected the cartel to disband and crumble without El Cheapo. In my opinion, the hunt for el chapo was a complete waste of money, time, and resources.

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