He was In , after daring to first publish the photograph of drug lord Ramon Arellano Felix, Blancornelas escaped an assassination attempt by cartel gunmen that left four bullets in his body. His bodyguard was killed. Blancornelas wrote about the drug cartels for decades, even as the mafias intensified their war on muckraking journalists who dared to report on their activities.
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His work encompassed an extensive research on how the drug industry influences local leaders and the police in the Mexican state of Baja California — topics frequently avoided by the rest of the Mexican media. As an author of six books, Blancornelas was regarded by the press as a leading expert on organized crime and drug trafficking during his time. In response to the photo publication, the cartel attempted to kill Blancornelas in , but he managed to survive the attack and continued to report on the workings of Mexico's criminal underworld. For more than two decades, Blancornelas received several international press awards for his defiance of Mexico's old regime status quo, where bribe-taking and censorship by the government were commonplace in Mexico's media. In , he founded a newspaper called ABC. After Blancornelas discovered that plainclothes police officers had bought all 20, copies of the issue, Zeta republished the issue under the headline "Censored!
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