Drug Dealers on YouTube

By Deane Barker on April 12, 2009

YouTube riddled with drug cartel videos, messages: YouTube is becoming a communication channel in the war between Mexican (and, I assume, American) drug cartels.

The videos on YouTube and Mexican-based sites are polished — professional singers croon about cartel leaders while images of murdered victims fade one into the next. In the comment area, those loyal to the opposing cartels trade insults and threats.

[…] One YouTube video sympathetic to the Sinaloa Cartel opens with white lettering: “This is what happens to all my enemies.” A singer launches into an up-tempo song against a montage of images: slain police officers, bullet-ridden police cruisers, shell casings, crumpled bodies.