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Vice's Mexican Mormon War Doc Debuts Online

The seven-part series examines the fight between Mexican drug gangs and relatives of presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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By Hunter R. Slaton

09/18/12

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Part one of Vice magazine’s new seven-part documentary series, The Mexican Mormon War, dropped yesterday online. The documentary, hosted by Vice founder and CEO Shane Smith, is all about the intersection of the US government’s War on Drugs, the ultra-violent cartels and an under-the-radar third party: Mormons in Mexico, some of whom are related to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Part one of the series depicts the Vice crew traveling across the border from El Paso, Texas, to Juarez, Mexico—one of the most violent places on Earth—and giving the viewer a quick primer on the incredible firepower amassed by the cartels, mostly in the form of American-made, military-grade weapons, as well as the staggering amount of drugs that get shipped north. “The market for the drugs is America, the market for the weapons is here in Mexico, and they [cross over],” explains Smith. At the close of the series’ first part, Smith travels 200 miles south of Juarez, toward a Mormon settlement that has become the target of kidnappings and narco-violence—and has begun to fight back.

Here’s the full part one (viewers be warned—the video shows graphic footage of dead bodies, both cartel victims and rival gang members):

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