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.