The Fight For Juarez: When Will The Killing End?

A man comforts a woman at a crime scene in Juarez i i

hide captionA couple comforts each other upon arriving at yet another crime scene caused by drug violence in Juarez.

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A man comforts a woman at a crime scene in Juarez

A couple comforts each other upon arriving at yet another crime scene caused by drug violence in Juarez.

Julian Cardona for NPR

The people above are just a few of those arrested for cartel-related crimes in Mexico over the past four years. The photos came from the 2,600 arrest documents that NPR analyzed as part of an investigation into whether the drug war is a rigged fight.

Watch the video above for the story behind the numbers. NPR reporter John Burnett carries us from the highest ranks of the Sinaloa cartel into the desolate Juarez Valley and then the Rio Grande, where the Mexican military appears to assist an SUV stuffed with marijuana.

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