Cartel Boss Retaliates with Murder (Drug Cartels vs. Mormons Part 3/7)

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ERICA HILL: Two more Americans dead as a result of the
violence in Mexico.
Those victims gunned down this week by drug cartel killers.
MALE REPORTER: We've done a lot of stories about polygamy
and a lot of stories about Mexican drug cartel violence.
But we never imagined the two topics would mesh like this in
a very tragic way.

SHANE SMITH: The freeing of one of their own, by the
LeBarons protesting in Chihuahua, had sent a message
to the narcos.
They weren't going to back down.
They weren't going to submit.
They were going to fight.
But it didn't take El Rikin long to send a
message right back.

BRENT LEBARON: Yeah, this is my cousin Benjamin's home.
BRENT LEBARON: This Rikin guy actually ordered the hit on
him because of a stand he took.
SHANE SMITH: He was a serious criminal.
I mean, famously he got caught on the American side of the
border dressed as Mexican military, had a shootout with
the border guards, and then came back here.
SHANE SMITH: So they came here to his house?

He showed up with 15, 20 guys, two, three trucks, pickups.
Benjamin and his family were sleeping in the house when
these guys come, surround the house, breaking down his door,
ended up breaking pretty much most of his windows out.
There's still marks on the door where they're trying to
bash in with guns, whatever they had.
Those are sledgehammer marks.
At that point, they had threatened his family with a
hand grenade.
SHANE SMITH: So they said they'd blow up the family with
a grenade unless he surrendered?
BRENT LEBARON: Unless he opened the door.
And so he opened the door.
At that point, his brother-in-law, Luis, came
over to see what was going on.
He literally showed up in sandals.
He came to the rescue.
He was an innocent bystander.
SHANE SMITH: So he came here barefoot with no gun--
SHANE SMITH: --against guys who are armed with machine
guns and grenades?
But they beat him and picked him and Benjamin up, and took
them about 2 miles down the road here, and shot them both,
and left them on the side of the road.
SHANE SMITH: So because El Rikin put the hit out on
Benjamin, it put enough domestic pressure here that
they would offer him up to the American authorities for the
Mexican incident where he was dressed as the military with
the border police?
BRENT LEBARON: Very much so, very much so, yeah.
Because I don't think they had enough here to hold him here.
So they actually shipped him to the US.
SHANE SMITH: And although El Rikin was extradited to
America for his firefights with the border patrol, none
of the other 20-plus men involved in this double
homicide have ever been convicted.

But the LeBarons wouldn't quit.
In fact, Julian LeBaron, Benjamin's brother, has since
taken up his dead sibling's mantle of activism.

JULIAN LEBARON: The main thing is we want to be respected.
In Mexico, nobody's respected.
We're not respected by the criminals, and we're not
respected by the government.

This is for messing with [INAUDIBLE]
people or some stupid shit.
I don't remember what it was.
And that's where they found them.
They shot them four times in the head each.
JULIAN LEBARON: I think that most of us felt really
thankful that we found them, because sometimes they'll take
them and torture them to death.
People from our neighboring communities participated in
this murder.

Those are some of the people that are
involved with this shit.
Those guys are bad boys?

SHANE SMITH: Jesus Christ.
I thought you guys were friends.

JULIAN LEBARON: 10 children under the age of seven were
left orphans when that happened that night.
My brother and his brother-in-law, they were some
of the most valuable people in our community.
This can never acceptable, never.
Because if this is acceptable, there's no future left.
The community, initially, what we said is, for every person
they kill from our community, we'll kill 10 of them, because
we know who they are.
And then we said, well, that's not a solution because then
you become just like them.

SHANE SMITH: So the sun was going down.
It was getting a little bit late.
And the LeBarons told us that we should get back to our
hotel before it got dark.
We are going to a hotel that's actually in the LeBaron
colony, which hopefully will a little bit safer.
But after you hear stories like that, you just can't
believe the fear of violence that these people
live under every day.
It makes you paranoid to hear stories like that.
So we're going to go to our hotel and lock ourselves in.

MALE SPEAKER 2: When it came to them now kidnapping our
family members, that what we took a stand against.
MALE SPEAKER 3: We have illegal
weapons in our community.
Come in and find them if you want.
MALE SPEAKER 4: When it comes to protecting our family, if
we have to die doing it, we're going to.