This comic was originally published in Spanish by Revista ESPEJO.
In the mountains of Sinaloa, Durango, and Chihuahua, the memory of Operation Condor persists, almost fifty years later. For those who lived it, those years are remembered as a moment that upended life in the highlands.
The farmers recall how thousands of troops arrived suddenly, invading a territory that had remained isolated for decades, where roads and basic services were often absent. It was the start of the first large-scale government anti-drug efforts, a campaign to slow the flow of illegal narcotics toward the United States.
It was also the first episode of Mexico’s contemporary history, a moment that gave rise to what would be the first organized criminal groups in the country.
This is that story.
Information: Josué David Piña / Adela Cedillo
Editing: Alexis Rubio