This image depicts a popular medium of communication and expression utilized by Cartel members and organized crime groups in Mexico. They are commonly referred to as “narcomanatas” or “narcomensajes” and are usually placed in some of the busiest avenues in cities of Mexico. Cartels have traditionally preferred to operate using a low-profile but in the past 5 years these over-sized sheets have been effectively used to communicate “messages” to rival cartel members, government, and to citizens of the community.

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