Breitbart News Cartel Reporter Gerry Aranda’s body was discovered in the Pacific Ocean in Chiapas, Mexico, on October 4, 2021. Local authorities believe he drowned while swimming. Aranda was a central figure in Breitbart’s Border and Cartel Chronicles team.
He was in Chiapas investigating the spread of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and the group’s local affiliate, a self-defense organization calling themselves “Los Machetes.” Despite denials from Mexico City, the Machetes use advanced paramilitary tactics and explosives to wage a fierce turf war against allies of the Sinaloa Cartel — key facts revealed by Aranda’s investigative reporting at Breitbart.
Aranda was also investigating the narco-politics behind the Haitian migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border, including the involvement of government officials and criminal organizations in control of human smuggling throughout the country.