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Hank is given a little statue in one episode, which looks like a railway employee from his cloths, with the phrase 'know your enemy'. Which he hands over to his partner later. So what is the significance of this statue. Is this statue of some famous person?

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The statue Hank receives from one of his colleagues is that of Jesús Malverde.

Jesús Malverde is the patron saint of drug dealers. Hes not recognised by the catholic church but is very popular among some cultures especially Mexico.

The agents keep the statue in order to get into the mindset of the drug cartels. This fits in the phrase of 'know your enemy'. Hank was surprised to see the statue on the agents desk and even comments on it being strange.

I believe its significance is that it shows that Hank has stepped into a different world. The agents think differently here and take their enemy very seriously. Hank has a different view on criminals to these guys. This is shown in the motel room with the co-operating gangster played by Danny Trejo where the agents are listening to his demands. Hank can't see the sense in this and jumps in and threatens him to no avail. He's not in Albequerque anymore. He's stepped into a more dangerous world and he maybe out of his depth.

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