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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.

17:41 | Feb 22nd

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.

14:27 | Feb 22nd

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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12:17 | Feb 22nd

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.

34:40 | Feb 22nd

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.

28:16 | Feb 22nd

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.

22:35 | Feb 22nd

VICE News gets a firsthand look inside a tunnel that El Chapo used during one of his dramatic escapes, and interviews a former DEA special agent who tracked him down.

20:02 | Feb 22nd

On the way to meet farmers who grow poppies that get processed into heroin, VICE News ends up investigating the alleged abduction of a teenage boy during a Mexican military operation.

22:23 | Feb 21st

A war between the Sinaloa and Juarez cartels turns a city on the U.S.-Mexico border into the murder capital of the world.
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00:29 | Nov 27th, 2018

Wondering where the rest of the episodes in this series are? They are all available for free on Spotify. We promise its worth it. Search for "Chapo: Kingpin on Trial" on the Spotify app.

22:35 | Nov 13th, 2018

Chapo’s rise from small-time trafficker to leader of the Sinaloa cartel is the story of The War on Drugs involving Pablo Escobar, Ronald Reagan, an assassination, and a prison break.

25:57 | Nov 6th, 2018

The team travels deep into the Golden Triangle, the epicenter of the Mexican drug trade, to spend the night in El Chapo's hometown and interview his family members.

25:57 | Nov 1st, 2018

Vice News travels to the Sinaloa cartel stronghold of Culiacán, where we meet a drug trafficker and see how cartel violence affects daily life.

03:17 | Oct 24th, 2018

As Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán goes on trial, VICE News explores his high-stakes case through the stories of people in the U.S. and Mexico caught up in the drug war. Coming Nov. 1 on Spotify in English and Spanish.