We often hear about "Jihadists flooding the west with heroin," or "ISIS making billions through drug trafficking"—but we rarely see much actual evidence.
On this episode of Daily VICE, Nick Gazin gets a tour of Mad magazine and meets the brains behind the operation.
Ronnie Music Jr. decided to really push his luck after winning the scratch-off lottery jackpot last year.
Nguyen Thi Huong was arrested in 2014 with 2.8 kilograms of heroin hidden in bars of soap. She claims the soap was a gift.
The law amounts to "cruel and usual punishment."
We caught him selling a small amount of crack: only 57 grams.
After serving a prison sentence for armed robbery, Jason Coghlan founded a law firm in Marbella that offers legal assistance to Brits at the mercy of Spain's justice system.
The gang, from Holland and the northwest of the UK, was importing guns, weed, coke, MDMA, and heroin.
The Sinaloa cartel boss is reportedly miffed and ready to cross the border because Mexican prison guards are waking him up all the time.
As drug cartels continue to change their trafficking routes to evade interference by authorities, enforcement agencies are struggling to keep up.
Cándido Figueredo Ruíz's work paints a chilling portrait of organized crime and political corruption in Paraguay.
We talked to Howard Marks about the adrenaline rush of trafficking, the spiritual potential of ecstasy, and coming to terms with his cancer diagnosis.
In this excerpt from our new documentary, we travel to the jungle with the Peruvian National Police to bust hidden cocaine labs.
In part two of this VICE documentary, a former Escobar hitman gives us a tour of the criminal underworld in Lima, Peru.
If you rub elbows with big-time drug dealers, you can get sentenced to decades behind bars thanks to laws passed at the height of the drug panic in the 1980s.
Countries around the globe are still grappling with the aftermath of Pablo Escobar's reign 30 years after his death. Our upcoming special takes a look at the new cartel wars and the druglord's lasting influence.
During my 26 years in federal lockups of all kinds, I earned a bachelor's and master's degree, published several books, and found the love of my life.
Henry Alden, 20, tried to bring 26 pounds of cannabis into Scotland by simply shoving it all in his suitcase.
Mary Jane Veloso lives about 300 feet away from Maria Cristina Sergio in the Philippines. Veloso is on death row for allegedly smuggling heroin into the country. Sergio is in jail and awaiting trial after being accused of trafficking her neighbor.
The former leader of a group of vigilantes in Mexico has just been released from prison, and is now eyeing a career in politics. VICE News speaks with Hipólito Mora about life after his release.
Email scammers are convincing old, disabled, and mentally ill people to commit crimes.
Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as "El Chapo," surpassed Pablo Escobar as the most successful drug kingpin of all time years ago. This weekend, he pulled off his second elaborate escape from prison.
David Polos and Glen Glover have been accused of hiding their shady side gig during a federal background check.
A recent government crackdown has made dealers and users nervous, but it hasn't stopped people from getting high in the Chinese capital.