March 24th, 2010
09:45 AM ET

In Juarez with a marked man

Program Note: Don't miss Part 2 of Gary Tuchman's report on drug violence in the murder capital of the world tonight at AC360° at 10PM ET.

Ismael Estrada
AC360° Producer

I've been over the border doing stories on the drug war countless times over the past 2 years. It's become routine, you're more aware of your surroundings, you're more careful and you're always looking around for anything a little out of the ordinary, but all in all, it's just about reporting the various stories you see when you're there. The events of the past week made this time feel just a little different.

As Gary Tuchman, Gil DeLaRosa and I drove over the border in El Paso, Texas we knew we were out to meet a marked man in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Juarez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz has been warned. Step Down or die. There was a pigs head left with a note saying that if he didn't resign by this week, he'd suffer the same fate that thousands of others have suffered here in Juarez since the Mexican President declared war on the drug lords.

Before our interview with the mayor, we met up with our contacts in Juarez who drove us from crime scene to crime scene. People gunned down, in broad daylight and on busy streets. People here are afraid to say they saw anything, scared they'll end up paying the ultimate prices for talking to anyone about what they heard or saw. What's strange is all this seems so routine here. Kids look on as bodies are picked up off the bloody streets and no one seems horrified anymore.

As we met up with the Mayor, we wanted to know how he felt, if he was afraid for his family, if he would resign, why he felt he was now a marked man. We rode with him along with his many armed guards and caravan of SUVs protecting his every move. Watch our stories over the next couple of nights on AC360° at 10pm ET.

Filed under: Gary Tuchman • Ismael Estrada • Mexico
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. R Daniels

    Anderson, thanks for keeping us informed, please be safe and my the lord cover you with his blood

    March 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  2. Judi Purcell

    It's obvious the US government isn't serious about saving lives or they legalize drugs. Doing so would save us a countless amount of money and that tells us something else; somebody is making money. I know of nothing that will come to punish such people except eternal damnation. Good Lord let it come soon.

    March 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  3. Greg

    I know several people have cancelled their vacations in Mexico because of the attacks and murders. The Mexican government needs to come to terms with the fact it is a war in every sence of the word. It's not just against crime. These criminals are no different than the Taliban and they are a lot closer to home. Surely it's in our best interest as North Americans to help Mexico militarily with this problem. As long as the blood only flows on our side (law abiding) nothing is going to change.

    March 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  4. Alex Kryzek

    If he feel as a "marked man" beside on his back has at least a dozen of bodyguards just imagine how the "people on foot" the ordinary people hows feel about it , like the hundred or thousand of people which aren't carry on our backs any person for our safe

    A threat like that its a serious thing,and nobody wants to have it , but its worst when on a daily basis you had to go to work and come back without any bodyguard .

    I personally desaprove Jose Reyes Ferriz administration because Intead of fighting truly against the organized crime he spend mostly of the time giving interviews.

    March 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  5. Honorio Veloz

    It's sad to here of these kind of things that are going on. Mexico is such a beautiful country,but things of this nature only are making Mexico an unlivable place to be. I'm sure our military would over power those killers,so why not go full force and go after them where they live.

    March 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  6. Darcee Anthony

    Are you ever frightened in this type of situation?

    March 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  7. Darcee Anthony

    You put yourself in extremely dangerous situations routinely. I admire you

    March 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm |