Tepito Barrio Fuels Mexico Cartel Violence; Hitman & Arms Dealer Tell How

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The Tepito neighborhood in Mexico City has long been regarded as the capitals roughest area. Its huge illegal market also serves as an operational base for gangs of criminals.

But in this exclusive report, John Holman has discovered that this small neighborhood is exporting violence throughout Mexico, and is involved in the struggle between the country’s government and powerful cartels.

Tepito Barrio Fuels Mexico Cartel Violence; Hitman and Arms Dealer Tell How

Tepito Barrio Fuels Mexico Cartel Violence; Hitman and Arms Dealer Tell How

The Tepito neighborhood in Mexico City has long been regarded as the capitals roughest area. Its huge illegal market also serves as an operational base for gangs of criminals.
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They are paying homage to the Saint of Death. She’s venerated by criminals and those on the margins of society- and her biggest shrine is in this neighborhood in Mexico City.

Its name is Tepito, but many refer to it simply as the “Barrio Bravo” the “Fierce Quarter”.

It’s dominated by a sprawling market of illicit goods. Behind the stalls selling knocked off brand names and fake luxury shoes, the specter of death lingers; an ever present offer, and threat.

While Mexico City is regarded as a relative safe haven from the cartels battling for control in many other parts of the country- we’ve discovered that this neighborhood, in the heart of the capital, is only fueling the national bloodshed.