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Mexico drug war: 'El Mijis' goes from gangster to congressman

Following the death of his mother, Pedro Carrizales – nicknamed 'El Mijis' gave up a life of drugs, street violence and crime to help young people who are heading down the same path that he once did.


    A new presidential plan has been proposed in Mexico to stop the notorious drug-gang war.

    President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador thinks young Mexicans can be persuaded to avoid a life of crime.

    And Pedro Carrizales, a former cocaine addict and drug-gang member - known as "El Mijis", intends to help from his recently elected position in a local state congress.

    Al Jazeera's John Holman reports San Luis Potosi.


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