What is the relationship between Alejandro (played by Benicio Del Toro) and Fausto Alarcon (played by Julio Cesar Cedillo) in Sciario?

I know that Alejandro is a laywer - was he a lawyer for the cartel or an opposing cartel?


Alejandro was a prosecutor in Juarez for the Mexican state (essentially a district attorney) who was targeted by Alarcon and the Sonora cartel for reasons that are not specified, but in all likelyhood he and his family were picked on for possibly nothing more than him doing his job.

It is only after the tragedy that befell him that he appears to have offered his services to the Medellín cartel and subsequently the CIA in order to exact revenge on Alarcon, as Alarcon challenges Alejandro about the change in his nature (acting as a 'Sicario') just before Alejandro slaughters him and his family.

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