El Paso, TX – When it comes to transporting their drugs within the United States, Mexican cartels want a black market distributor with American street smarts. So, naturally they turn to gangs.
It's a convenient alliance. In exchange for drug money the gangs also do the cartels' dirty work. They intimidate, kidnap, steal and murder. The cartel pockets the bulk profit of the drug trade while gang members take most of the heat from law enforcement.
In our next installment of The Drug War at Home series, Fronteras Changing America Desk reporter Monica Ortiz Uribe takes a look at one of these gangs, the El Paso-based Barrio Aztecas.