by Josh Gross
There are two things a lot of people know. One is that there is an epic drug war going on around the Mexican-American border. The second is that presidential candidate Mitt Romney has family roots in Mormon compounds built in the same region.
What most people haven't put together yet is that these Mormon outposts are major thorns in the sides of drug smugglers, and as such, have been unwittingly drug into the drug war.
Vice Magazine sent a film crew to Ciudad Juarez to investigate the conflict for a seven-part video series.
According to Vice co-founder Shane Smith, "Williamsburg [Brooklyn, where Vice is based] is ground zero for hipsters. That means it's also ground zero for partying. Which means it's ground zero for cocaine. And Vice has talked a lot about cocaine over the years."
The first and second parts of the series can be seen below.