Breaking Down The Colombian and Mexican Drug Cartels

Your guide to how the Columbian and Mexican drug cartels operated.

By Benjamin H. Smith

The second episode of the hit new VH1 show Cartel Crew found cast members Michael Blanco and Loz bonding over Muay Thai kickboxing and their similar backgrounds. Both have seen the cartel lifestyle firsthand and know the carnage it can spawn. While Michael is the son of one of Colombia’s most infamous cocaine traffickers, “The Godmother” Griselda Blanco, who was assassinated in 2012, Loz hails from a part of Mexico wracked by warring factions—resulting in the murder of his brother, a cartel affiliate.

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