Episode 290: Mexico's narco state - corruption, guns and the Fentanyl crisis Image

Episode 290: Mexico's narco state - corruption, guns and the Fentanyl crisis

27 May 2023 - 51 mins
Podcast Series Crime World

Mexican based author Ioan Grillo has worked as a crime journalist for more than 20 years in a country that is a true narco state.

Over two decades interviewing drug users, hitmen, cartel bosses and the politicians who take their money, Grillo has formed a unique view on the war on drugs and all the issues around it’s failings.

As a new edition of his book Blood Gun Money is published. Ioan is talking to Nicola and Niall Donald about fentanyl, a lethal iron river of firearms and a senior politician in the dock in a most unusual trial.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

51 mins

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Episode 601: Notorious criminal Leroy Dumbrell Roche

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Episode 600: New IRA leader Thomas Ashe Mellon arrested after failing explosives swab at Portlaoise prison

Episode 600: New IRA leader Thomas Ashe Mellon arrested after failing explosives swab at Portlaoise prison

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Episode 599: 3 women sentenced for their role in covering up murder of Katie Simpson

Episode 599: 3 women sentenced for their role in covering up murder of Katie Simpson

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Episode 598: The deportation of sex offender Chico Makamda

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