In Mexico, cartels that make money supplying drugs like heroin and fentanyl and smuggling weapons into the country, are making and distributing aid packages for the poor during the pandemic.
The Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico’s largest criminal groups, gave the BBC access to their operation. One recipient said “they’re not tarnishing us, they’re helping us,” but experts warn that these acts are not selfless.
“In exchange for giving aid packages they have the support and back-up of society,” says security expert Gerardo Rodriguez.
The Mexican president has condemned their actions, saying in April that criminal groups distributing aid packages “isn’t helpful”.