TheArellano-Felix Organization (AFO) is North America’s most violent drug trafficking cartel. Based out of Tijuana, Mexico, for over a decade they’ve shipped tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine into the U.S. Annual revenues are into the hundreds of millions of dollars says the FBI.
AFO’s innovative strategy is befriending and recruiting ‘juniors’-young, educated men of middle-and upper-class families living on both sides of the San Diego-Tijuana border. AFO uses them as drug runners and hit men. ‘Juniors’ get involved with the cartel not necessarily to become wealthy but for “la fama”–the fame of the gangster life. This is the story of what happened to one of these young men, told by his family and a fellow ‘junior.’