Award winning producer, director, author and consultant for 25 years, Rusty started his multi-media company to produce industrial films, commercials and news segments.
Rusty is recognized by national media and law enforcement agencies as an expert on the Mexican drug cartels. Rusty has studied the cartels from the inside out, interviewing dozens of active cartel operatives from Mexico and the U.S., ranging from street dealers to the upper management of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations in existence today.
Since producing the award winning documentary, Drug Wars: Silver or Lead, Rusty has spent the past seven years traveling throughout Latin America reporting for international television and radio broadcasts. He has made multiple appearances with MSNBC, CNN and FOX. In addition, he has produced multiple episodes of Gangland for The History Channel and still produced other episodic shows for A&E, Discovery Channel and National Geographic networks.
His first book on the subject "Narco-Warfare in the 21st Century" published in early 2009 details the story of how Rusty was able to get inside one cartel revealing the operational tactics they employ to run their criminal syndicates. The book serves as a roadmap as to how the cartels have evolved and the consequences of continuing to minimize and dismiss their true objectives.
Rusty lives in Sierra Blanca, Texas where he and Sheriff Arvin West have built a faith-based drug and alcohol rehab for men and women called Ranch on the Rock. Rusty also works with the Hudspeth County Sheriff's office as Public Information Officer.
*For more information and media highlights on Rusty Fleming:
- Rusty Fleming on YouTube
- DVDs: www.drugwarsthemovie.com
- Book available at Amazon.com
- Drug Wars: The Next Generation (CNN)
Articles by Rusty Fleming:
Illicit narcotics, child pornography and Cuban cigars—All are illegal to possess and all of them are acquired by people in this country every day. So what’s my point? The point is that creating a bunch of new-laws that ban ammunition or the guns themselves, will only keep law abiding citizens from ... continue reading
In the last few years, there has been a long standing debate about Mexico becoming a “failed state” and so I asked a senior drug enforcement agent about the influence the drug cartels were having on Mexican society in general, compared to the drug lords of the past. His answer was simple “Mexico ... continue reading