The Gangs That Inherited Pablo Escobar’s Drug Empire: Cooking with Cocaine

The Gangs That Inherited Pablo Escobar’s Drug Empire: Cooking with Cocaine


We were being driven through the streets of Medellin known as the world’s cocaine capital our escorts were members of a powerful drug gang Getting access to one of the most feared criminal organizations in the world Meant that we had to give up our phones and agree to be blindfolded We were completely at their Mercy We had heard the cocaine trade had radically changed and this was a good opportunity to find out It was one of those moments in life. Where you realize this could be a really bad idea The guy bringing me into the room used to be a hit man. He was fresh out of jail This is the drug Gangs method of blindfolding people to avoid attention just eye patches and sunglasses The guys gave us a ridiculous cover story in case we were stopped by the police that we had just undergone a surgery I’m not sure that they would have bought that Thank You, Whoa Okay, we’ve been blindfolded for 30 minutes. That was really stressful. I don’t know where I am What is the dog looking for? -Marijuana Do you think he’s addicted? So this is basically like a deposit. They will sell the drugs from this house. They will distribute them to different places so far They’ve shown is the Pod, but I think they’ve got much more They’re letting has only film in this one room the light has to be dim because it attracts the attention of people outside But it’s already a lot of access I mean these people that you see here are like the foot soldiers of the cocaine cartels for us to be here they basically had to ask and get clearance by senior people nothing going to catch all right I said [Sailor] [Moon] [Kali], Da Miedo [Yatra] Ha come yell No, Entry a esto y [r] ma no tienen see our Master Tomatina Guardado Donde Esta no por Si ellos, Lo Viene La Policia a [cement] a Being a foot soldier is a risky proposition [there’s] thousands of them in Medellin, and they can earn up to five hundred dollars a week They started a really young age and most don’t make it past 25 It’s only the toughest to survive and make [it] through the ranks These are called bricks of cocaine and their boss knows exactly how much they’re supposed to wait So if there’s less merchandise they get into trouble In Miami or the streets of the us this would be $50,000 Cases, and oh was it approaches okay, [Jim] [Kosek], Comedy club Depósito to Just [party] talent for book [a] [soda]. Sorry [Lo] particular Kiara located negotiate When I would see cousin Coochie noonim Admit A Good boy. [yeah], tanto Tiempo. You know Kupuna RK. Kick romera [my] [dominoes]. I located to me Kata Village egg [the] [Chosen] Tres Polite [oh] he may and pokey [they] [said] [this] want Okroshka Lai-wan glom un Gramo. Talk I possess purses Pocky Tambien agamas Lente Okay, nagar Antonio’s Oman like AmI tomar for comedy Yo famous quote vidrio Knme air porque ellos, Tio Hikari, elastic illya s a [baha’u’llah] Lanka da da La Moscow Home Villages eat elohim no Assad LOL Esta bien que somos de Esquina Cristo Namaste Mubarak Tito listen mother [prays] me let’s start it It’s a pretty surreal scene there’s cocaine all over the place It’s all over the floor even it’s just something that’s kind of worthless for them. They’re so used to it They say they’ve grown with this The security guy in the room next door was keeping watch that is when he wasn’t feeding pot to the dog he gave a signal that we had to leave who knows if a dealer was coming to pick up his – This is the part we’re not looking forward to it all but it has to be done apparently again the Blindfolding is not that bad. What’s really strange is to be in that taxi cab for 30 minutes or so? [oh]? well Look at all We were bundled back into their car not having a clue where we were we had just seen the first step in medallions cocaine industry On the surface the City seems stable But if you dig deeper, you’ll find many efficiently run criminal networks modeled after a corporation The official line is that the city is experiencing a relative calm Actually, that’s not the case It’s just that the gangs known as combos have made deals and divided up the city We were granted access to a guy who controls one of these combos. He’s only 26 and yet. They call him kucho Which means dad or old man there are around 20 coaches in the city? Xavier has an army of 500 men including the guys we met at the Depot He is middle management the link between international drug traffickers and the foot soldiers He’d like to move up the ranks but today it takes more than just being ruthless you have to be ahead of the curve La Magia, de La Madre Ecology no hace only say nosotros, [Lo] Dico Cosimo’s Es botticelli Keo, II intrusive, Oliver Finally [Kiko] essays a leaky okay note Rosario moses portable [says] [Ariana’s] Gotas Para La Nariz Para is [Dez] infect [non-Hazardous] Estas a consume ideas Para possibly fauna Arias a mass effect, okay, La Cocaina normal chasm for glasses intrusive all analyse Yeah, Jenna vecto Imagine [Calchas] La Cocaina normal [Des] Esos Impromptu totalmente no our porque ya que La cocaina [twas] [a] say the same pass Is a consumer see? Blanca Asiata colleague a velocipede inochi no [Esta] [Ryoko’s] and a Trio seat [regional] temperatures cake emotivist when cinco no digamos Para Emprah [Pori] Hasta La cárcel Oh yeah [mente] por Estar Muerto spore, Lo Cuido say Machen a con mucha libre Muchas Culebra’s pero no, babe. Oh geez Yeah [es] [s] [port] ando [Rosamma] can see informal or [es], El Pasad nosotros en Esto, Momento. De Santander. Oh Para Entrar Oliver cows [yo] G pono look armas Pagar Lana’s Politico’s our escape a comer [yah], Kuzey. Oh, Nadia. No trinomial cough Javier may have big plans with his liquid cocaine, but his superiors operate on a grand scale They are the drug lords traffickers with international business links who make the serious money We wanted to meet one we had heard about a new cocaine production model. Which was supposed to be a game-changer So after days of waiting we finally got notice we were going to be shown something very few people get to see One of the new cocaine laughs okay? Here’s the call. We’re waiting for Hopefully this will work hello pure Kenneth We were going to be shown something very few people get to see one of the new cocaine labs It’s crazy that this place is right in the heart of the city. We’re never expected it to look like this [we] can’t show what it looks like from the outside, but it’s just like a regular Normal building [lion] [oh] wait they need to put The [Senora] te’o como se. De De Pueblos into now [s] cosa merciful. Okay, Claro que ellos no dossier Tipo Sport our Co-Chair [O] Acumen ahmo’s : Hasta que Ellos Para ciudades [Antennae] Communis Tacoinusa me de Grandes consume me, Horas que Nunca, Sawara Apparently all you need is a kitchen with a microwave and a cook it’s all moves that will house when I 30 show use Cocaine has traditionally been made in large labs in the jungle, but these often get busted, so the Cartels have adapted It’s a do-it-yourself Strategy, and it’s booming yes. I’m gonna answer [that] When done Ghazis from the steel of hundreds of kitchen labs are [working] all over [the] city? 24/7 Perry Kopaka Media Several mouths Chakotay to Nami Padilla Commodore Roper Deku Tree Como Kimiko Los que lastima cocido case a loss [process] Akeno [they] [summarize] [a] torna Very gross that right there. They make a cello come let’s amish Okay, well mood as holy It smells pretty strong and they obviously told us that you can’t smoke or anything [cuz] the thing will just blow up Pero Eso, Lo que Salen, La Coka sala de La Cocaina. Yo [Sukwon] dose a second vamos a doses o esto, Los [Kikuna], past Iike a Edema De Aquila met a monk. Oh a meet Rhonda Akeno Makka, Essentia Te Gusta Como [si] las process zito to yost asthma Santo co-come okay caliente Las Cosas Claro que a Las Cosas The boss suddenly knocks on the door and everyone panicked we had to stop all filming Pedro is a big-time drug trafficker, and he says that’s all we need to know giving us more information He says could put both of us in Danger. [I] know What is wrong like with it giving props to theaters and bury your people in they destroy their lives But if I don’t do it somewhere else is gonna. Do it someone is gonna make the money it is what it is Have you made money oh yeah? Now do you want to do something [completely] different? Why not give it to any more business at travel? I don’t want to nothing out prison in the United States or here or anywhere and I don’t need it. So way to be greedy Is that run exactly like a corporation, but how long these was agreed? So whole you have a business degree through this startup is for super people these cute organizations. Have then we have in the past We don’t have that anymore. It’s just like very small groups so many bosses is that easier or harder? Yeah, it is easier. It is no, so violent. We have very low profile sidelights [we] respect as much money [updated] we Head North just to spend we have a million dollar course Everything that Does the HP price I did remind me [a] very particular padres until now we were [happy] [Board] perfectly Then all of a sudden pedro stopped apparently our time was up We were dropped back downtown where the police warned us to be careful about [getting] our camera stolen Seriously after all that. We had just seen this was really the least of our worries Citizens say Medina is now safer and authorities will claim. It’s a result of their effective policies We found that neither of these are entirely true as the boss said bloodshed is bad for business it draws too much attention This is the new cocaine trade low-profile run out of tiny apartments and less violent at least for the time being


100 thoughts on “The Gangs That Inherited Pablo Escobar’s Drug Empire: Cooking with Cocaine

  1. 5:18 how's the cameraman recording while being blindfolded, and how does she say they didn't have a clue where were they. Shit seems fake

  2. Government: Spends years tracking down drug dealers
    Vice: Hey el Chapo, wanna do an interview

  3. These reporters are insane. The lengths they go thru in order to show us the insides of some of the most dangerous places, organizations, situations, etc. Is just spectacular. We are so fortunate that we get to witness such things for free, and that there are people willing to put their lives in potential danger in order to provide us such a service.
    I, for one, greatly appreciate what y'all do; so thank you Vice, and thank you to the various reporters and camera crews❤

  4. Damn they're running the business pretty darn good I don't do drugs and I don't drink but if you got to make that money you got to make that money

  5. She should stop including her 'self' in the story. We know Colombia is dangerous and being blindfolded is uncomfortable, she don't need to insist, or she can do local tv coverage ,she is that poor as a documentarian!

  6. There is NO WAY that reporter lady didn’t do some, actually this whole show probably happened because she wanted some booger sugar and didn’t want ripped off by someone that cut it 10x , fk it boys get your phone cameras out and let’s print up some bullshit saying we are vice tv crew

  7. Imagine if drugs were not illegal you could turn any corner or walk through any ally way and just see a crackhead or someone selling drugs

  8. This whole things become a meme. What a colossal waste of time, money and human life on the side of the Colombian government, police and the US govt. haha these dudes is still out here making bank and the drugs are still flowing like never before…

  9. I heard 2 grams were legal in Columbia. The prisons can't hold all the addicts in most countries.
    I'd love to live in South America, not for drugs, but because of the cost of living.
    I just don't like the idea of being kidnapped or shot for those who think I'm DEA or other group.
    I say legalize it and put these guys out of business or make there jobs legit.

  10. Then how come it's so much harder to find good coke and not that bath salt shit. I can find any other drug in less than 5 minutes except for that good ass snorting coke like back in the day when we used to get fish scale.

  11. My friend and I got our drugs from Kalose and it was so pure especially the white powder, the price was also encouraged contact them directly at WhatsApp +18323040561 calls/text +1 585-283-0584 wickr johnlegit23 kik johnlegit12

  12. Something did not add up here for one he did not have on gloves so all that cocaine was making contact with a woman into his skin and he probably would have had a heart attack because he was gambling so much too it looks flat and dull in appearance that shit would have been bright white glistening under the camera if it was real 3 two-and-a-half Scoops is way more than a gram

  13. Why is this video so dark? I turned brightness up to 100% and I still can't really see anything. Epic fail, vice. But that's nothing new, I guess.

  14. The guy in the other room was always keeping watch. Well when he wasn't feeding the dog pot lol. I love that part lol

  15. Dis shit got to be fake asfk or they are the dumbest lil cartel I ever seen😭 because they really lettin ppl see what they do and let them FILM like I’m goneee 😭🤣🤣🤣

  16. "We´ve done this for so long we dont need scales", also the dude, "sometimes they get a little extra, sometimes little less" xD

  17. As far as I’m concerned this documentary has snitched on em cartel guys, and it has given the fed loads of info

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