Borderline – The Unhinged Truth About the Drug War is based on extensive research comprising a wide range of sources, which include peer-reviewed academic papers, government reports, manuscripts and articles by investigative journalists. Below is a hyperlinked list of the most important sources utilized in the creation of this documentary series.


  1. El Yugo Zeta – Norte de Coahuila, 2010-2011| Sergio Aguayo & Jacobo Dayán | Colegio de México | 72 p. | Download
  2. The War on Drugs and the Role of SOUTHCOM| Juan Gabriel Tokatlian| Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime, and Violence in the Americas Today | University Press Scholarship | Chapter
  3. Mission Creep: The U.S. Military’s Counterdrug Role in the Americas| Adam Isacson| Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime, and Violence in the Americas Today | University Press Scholarship | Chapter
  4. Illegal Drugs as a National Security Threat – Securitization of Drugs in the U.S. Official Discourse| Yulia Vorobyeva| Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime, and Violence in the Americas Today | University Press Scholarship | Chapter


  1. Insanity: Four Decades of U.S. Counterdrug Strategy| Lieutenant Colonel Michael F.Walther | Carlisle Paper | 45 p. | Download
  2. United States Southern Command Command Strategy 2016 – Partnership for the Americas| Download


  1. Narcoland – The Mexican drug lords and their godfathers (The untold story of “El Chapo”)| Anabel Hernandez| Verso | 392 p. | e-Store
  2. Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels and the Borderland Dream| Joe Tone| Random House | 327 p. | e-Store
  3. George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography| Webster Griffin Tarpley & Anton Chaitkin| Progressive Press | e-Store
  4. Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years| Russ Baker| Bloomsbury Press | e-Store
  5. Information Feudalism: Who Owns the Knowledge Economy?| Peter Drahos & John Braithwaite| 253 p. | The New Press | e-Store

News Articles:

  1. How the U.S. Triggered a Massacre in Mexico – The inside story of a cartel’s deadly assault on a Mexican town near the Texas border – and the U.S. drug operation that sparked it| Ginger Thompson| Pro Publica | Link
  2. El Apocalipsis en Coahuila| Juan Alberto Cedillo| Proceso |Link
  3. Four Found Guilty In Zetas Trial; Austin Homebuilder Acquitted| Jazmine Ulloa | American Statesman | Link
  4. Historia De Una Matanza Delirante| Juan Alberto Cedillo | Proceso |Link
  5. Feds: Top Mexican Cop Leaked Info; Informant Tortured, Slain| Jon Seidel | Chicago Sun Times | Link
  6. Cartel Money Laundering Trial Begins in Texas| Juan A. Lozano| Omaha World Herald | Link
  7. Mexico Murders Hit Record High, Dealing Blow to President| Reuters | Link
  8. How Profits from Opium Shaped 19th-Century Boston| Martha Bebinger| WBUR | Link
  9. Mexico’s Trumpian Populist Could Mean Trouble for Donald Trump | Sabrina Rodriguez | Politico | Link
  10. Barry Seal Murder In Baton Rouge 25 Years Ago Helped Expose Iran-Contra Debacle| Tom Aswell| Louisiana Voice blog | Link
  11. With 25,339 Murders In 2017, Mexico Suffers Record Homicide Tally| Reuters | Link
  12. Mexico May Be Using Another Cartel Kingpin to Gain Leverage with Trump| Christopher Woody| Business Insider | Link
  13. HSBC Says U.S. Is Preparing to Dismiss Criminal Charges Against It| Chad Bray | New York Times | Link
  14. Colombia and Brazil Announce Border Controls as Venezuelans Flee en Masse| Sputnik | Link
  15. Drug War Victims Sue HSBC For Laundering The Billions Of ‘Terrorist’ Mexican Cartels |Rafa Fernandez De Castro| Fusion | Link
  16. Mexico: A Country Study| Tim L. Merrill and Ramón Miró | Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress | Link
  17. Zetas Drug Gang Uses Dallas As Hub In Growing Empire, Authorities Say| Alfredo Corchado, Jason Trahan & Dianne Solís | Dallas News | Link
  18. Los Mensajes Del Jefe De La PF Con Líder De Los Beltrán Leyva| Galia García Palafox| Milenio | Link
  19. Witness says Zetas sent millions of dollars, hundreds of guns through Texas| Jazmine Ulloa | American Statesman | Link
  20. Retrial Begins in Zetas Cash Case| Jazmine Ulloa| American Statesman | Link
  21. Former DEA and CIA Operatives: Los Zetas May Attempt to Overthrow Mexican Government in 2012 (Using U.S. Government Weapons)| Carmen Álvarez Excelsior| Salem News |Link
  22. DEA Agent Breaks Silence on Standoff with Cartel | Dane Schiller| Houston Chronicle | Link
  23. Zetas Cartel: Money Laundering Trial Week One Recap| Havana and Chivis| Borderland Beat | Link
  24. Zetas Cartel: Money Laundering Trial Week Two Recap| Havana and Chivis| Borderland Beat | Link