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With unprecedented access, CARTEL LAND is a fearless exposé about two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – Mexico’s vicious, murderous drug cartels. In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, known as El Doctor, leads the Autodefensas, an armed vigilante group fighting a bloody war against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has committed unspeakable acts of violence and torture in the region. Meanwhile, in Arizona’s Altar Valley, also known as Cocaine Alley, Tim ‘Nailer’ Foley is an American veteran at the head of a small paramilitary group, whose goal is to stop Mexico’s drug wars from seeping across the US border by whatever means necessary. With never before seen footage of the brutality of this seemingly unstoppable war, filmmaker Matthew Heineman gives us front-seat access to a real and shocking story about an inescapable web of violence, corruption and exploitation.