Mexico Under Siege

The 'Krispy Kreme Familia' and the black market doughnuts of Juarez

The 'Krispy Kreme Familia' and the black market doughnuts of Juarez

The addicts pull up just after nightfall near a sedan parked along a busy street in this border city best known for murder. 

One by one, they fork over fistfuls of cash to Sonia Garcia, who reaches into the trunk of her car and hands over the trafficked goods.

“The original — glazed — are the most popular,” Garcia explains. “But, honestly, everybody has their own favorite doughnut.”

In Juarez, Garcia, 51, and her two sons are the undisputed kings of the Krispy Kreme black market. 

Several times a week, one son crosses the border to El Paso and drives to the Krispy Kreme shop there, where the bulk...

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