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. 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 😹

  2. Estamos en paz en Tamaulipas 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. That's cool and all, but what about the corruption inside the police force? The higher ups working in hand with the cartels?

  10. AR-15 "this is what special forces use" lmao in the states you can buy an AR-15 at basically any sports goods store like Big 5. They aren't that expensive either.

    The military uses the M4, which is a slightly more compact M-16

  11. ludicrously dangerous assault rifle!? Idiot english man. is the cartel made up of rodents? 223 or 5.56 is a glorified 22 call #changemymind.

  12. This reporter CAN'T be that ignorant about what he's reporting on…he's so naive he's gonna get himself killed. (Nice little comment slipped in there saying that America is the reason all that is going on…he probably thinks that America is where the AK-47 originated from too)

  13. Well… I am glad that the UK don't allow Firearms to be owned by any British citizen unless in their work, it is required to own a weapon. For example, Bodyguards and Mi5 etc.

  14. Yesterday there was a massive shooting in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. The narcos ambushed the State Police, the same ones shown in the video. 16 heavily armored truck's with .50 caliber turrets attacked state police who were sheltered in a hotel. The result of this confrontation, 6 dead narcos and 2 injured police. Being a citizen of this city, I really respect and appreciate what these policemen do, they risk their lives, they are at a disadvantage, they are usually ambushed by long caravans of narcos with heavy weapons, regardless of that, they always come out victorius

  15. Francisco javier garcia “cabeza de vaca” and jesus maria moreno “chuma” are the guys that control the cartels and they’re in the politics

  16. Blame stupid drug addicted Americans, they buy drugs by the billions and dont want to legalize weed, this is how the cartel get rich and powerful.

  17. Spanish and Portuguese descendants are the bloodiest on earth.. they eliminated the Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans and colonised South America.
    Now it's your turn to suffer and go astray and finally die for what you did.. Karma

  18. I love BBC blaming America for the guns but 40% of the weopons come from America and that was because of Obama's fast and furious to frame gun store owners where are the rest of the weopons coming from our government does not represent the American people

  19. The only way they will get a hold of this is by allowing the US military into the country and dealing with the situation. Didn’t México refuse the help of the United States government though? There may be many reasons for that, so I can’t speculate. But surely deep seated corruption within the government itself must be a factor? Mexico have now never dealt with this problem, and never will, based on an entire history of never being able to deal with it. So why don’t they accept help from Trump?

  20. Uh, that weapon is an AR, not an automatic rifle and no, special forces would not use that, it looks like it doesn’t chamber 5.56 and definitely doesn’t chamber an ak round

  21. By the two crack at the windshield, clear indication of deliver attempt to wipe out the driver. Lucky him great protective glass.

  22. THIS IS GOOD JUST HOPE THE OWNERS DONT GET BLACKED MAIL OR HARRASSED BY CARTELS…MANY TAX COMPANIES AND THE LAW CANT STOP THEM

  23. Yes that laser could totally blind you.
    And military grade weapons suck, buy private and you’ll get a higher quality.
    Also America gave those Mexicans the weapons.

  24. then your wondering about Philippines govt putting down drug groups…..???? do they have to wait for this thing to happen…proliferation of US weapons in Mexico…..US what you doing??? US trying to pin down Philippines gov't against Drug groups….involving politicians, rich people, poor ppl and also men in uniforms are in the payroll of Drug Lords or they themselves are the criminals….

  25. I don't see the cartels investing in the human capital to monitor those cameras and actually make actionable use of anything those cameras capture.

  26. No mames wey ese reportero ya fue al medio oriente barias beces y pone cara de que nunca ha mirado las armas, "aaaa come on" si ustedes las hacen, como dulces las venden a los carteles.

  27. i am from mexico. believe me, the police here only moves when cameras (media) is filming them.
    but most of the year. they are just in their office.

  28. I'd expect more "intelligent" comments about this video. But so far there has been little or no signs of intelligent life in this comment section.

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