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As Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán goes on trial, VICE News explores his high-stakes case through the stories of people caught up in the drug war in the U.S. and Mexico.

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As Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán goes on trial, VICE News explores his high-stakes case through the stories of people caught up in the drug war in the U.S. and Mexico.

    Introducing: Painkiller: America's Fentanyl Crisis

    Introducing: Painkiller: America's Fentanyl Crisis

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    • 24 min
    UPDATE: The Verdict

    UPDATE: The Verdict

    How did prosecutors convict El Chapo? With never-before-heard wiretapped phone calls that revealed his cunning, his charm, and how he controlled the flow of drugs that flooded U.S. cities.


     
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    • 17 min
    UPDATE: The Trial Continues

    UPDATE: The Trial Continues

    El Chapo's trial in Brooklyn is offering an unfiltered view into the inner workings of the Sinaloa Cartel. Colorful witnesses tell stories of Chapo's bold escapes, massive government corruption, and the shipment of thousands of tons of cocaine.


     
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    • 14 min
    BONUS: The Hitman

    BONUS: The Hitman

    Right now the murder rate Mexico is the highest it’s been in decades. But the fact that murder is happening at this kind of scale means that there’s a whole underground industry of people willing to carry out those killings. We hear from one of them.


     
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    • 12 min
    EP 8: The Trial

    EP 8: The Trial

    VICE News reports on El Chapo’s trial in Brooklyn and tries to figure out what  has changed in the drug war now that the Sinaloa cartel leader is behind bars.


     
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    • 34 min
    EP 7: The Fallout

    EP 7: The Fallout

    VICE News visits a cemetery filled with lavish tombs built by drug kingpins, helps a mother search for the remains of her missing son, and tells the story of a legendary journalist killed after El Chapo’s extradition.


     
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
268 Ratings

268 Ratings

Squirrel 67 ,

The Southern Boarder Wall

Very good job on this podcast. You’ve made the excellent case of why we need the Boarder Wall constructed.
I don’t think this was your intention however, as you state that if it wasn’t for U.S. policies in place, none of this would be occurring, and a wall would not be needed.
I fail to see logic in that argument, ESPECIALLY AFTER YOU DEMONSTRATE HOW CORRUPT THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT IS AND HAS BEEN!

eucharin ,

Fresh and Insightful!

Incredibly interesting look into the individuals at the heart of the “drug war” and the folks most influenced by it. Very immersive and insightful, and very human— especially instances where Mexicans on all sides are interviewed first hand on their experiences, whether they are a part of the drug-trafficking process or unwilling participants.

KimilleCherie ,

A phenomenal account of El Chapo

I loved the pace of this podcast. I felt like every detail was structured in a precise way to tell the story, every episode carried to the next and I never once felt like I was missing something. The story is insane and leave it to Vice to create such a great storytelling even through a media like Podcast. Just brilliant! Would love to hear more podcasts like this from Vice.

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