In this video series, surfer and journalist Jesse Aizenstat teams up with translator/surfer Luis Velazquez and heads to Baja to explore drug smuggling by Panga boats.

Traveling with surfboards in tow, the pair get a little deeper into the Mexican drug world than they anticipated. Makes for good YouTubing. It’s also an eye-opening look at the marijuana trade and the U.S. “border industrial complex” that’s driven by money and political influence.

If you’ve ever seen “The Fence” stretching along the Mexican-American border and wondered why the hell we spend so much on board security ($50 billion in called for in the new immigration reform bill for border security), this series helps fill in some of the blanks. The answer, of course, is that corporations and politicians get rich from it.