Drug Trafficking Jam: Sons of Anarchy Enters Cartel Chaos

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On Sons of Anarchy Season 4, SAMCRO joined forces with a Mexican drug cartel led by Danny Trejo's Romeo Parada.

But this FX smash isn’t the first popular television show to get mixed up in the underground world of drug trafficking. How do our favorite not-so-Charming bikers compare to other programs and characters that have battled against/worked with drug cartels over the years?

Romeo and Clay

On BREAKING BAD, Walter White discovers he has cancer he panics and, using his chemistry knowledge, partners with ex-student/drug dealer Jesse Pinkman to create the most perfect form of crystal meth ever sold on the streets. But soon, the cartel is after the duo and they are in way over their heads.

Elsewhere, Mary-Louise Parker stars on WEEDS as Nancy Botwin, a widowed suburban mom who turns to marijuana as a means for money to support her two sons. Throughout the series she becomes involved with the DEA and also international drug cartels, all to support her family.

HBO's THE WIRE is set in Baltimore and each season focuses on a different facet of the city, including illegal drug trade. The many faces of character actors include a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge and a lawyer whose lives are all in peril.

Finally, there's TRUE BLOOD. Following the complicated life of Sookie Stackhouse and her on-again off-again love triangle with vampires Bill Compton and Eric Northman, True Blood takes a closer look at the fictional town of Bon Temps and the dangerous events that continue to unfurl. These side stories include Lafayette as a drug dealer of vampire blood, a substance that acts as a controlled substance for humans.

Sons of Anarchy Season 4 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on August 28.

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Sons of Anarchy Quotes

Something happens at around 92 miles an hour - thunder-headers drown out all sound, engine vibrations travels at a heart's rate, field of vision funnels into the immediate and suddenly you're not on the road, you're in it. A part of it. Traffic, scenery, cops - just cardboard cutouts blowing over as you past. Sometimes I forget the rush of that. That's why I love these long runs. All your problems, all the noise, gone. Nothing else to worry about except what's right in front of you. Maybe that's the lesson for me today, to hold on to these simple moments. Appreciate them a little more - there's not many of them left. I don't ever want that for you. Finding things that make you happy shouldn't be so hard. I know you'll face pain, suffering, hard choices, but you can't let the weight of it choke the joy out of your life. No matter what, you have to find the things that love you. Run to them. There's an old saying, 'That what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger' I don't believe that. I think the things that try to kill you make you angry and sad. Strength comes from the good things - your family, your friends, the satisfaction of hard work. Those are the things that'll keep you whole. Those are the things to hold on to when you're broken.


Jax: Some days you're the Beamer, some days you're the goddamn deer.
Chibs: Some yuppie creamed it out by the streams.
Jax: He run into it or hit a tree while it was giving him head?
Half-Sack: How the hell you want me to get it out of there? (Jax gets a chainsaw) Come on. Jesus, man.
Jax: Just pretend its carve your on steak night at the sizzler.
Half-Sack: I don't eat meat, man.
Jax: Figure it out, grunt.