• Mennonites in Alberta Have Cozy Relations with a Notorious Mexican Drug Cartel

    Grassy Lake is a small Canadian hamlet made up of 80 percent Mennonites and a bunch of farms. According to the DEA, it's also a distribution hub for an international weed and coke smuggling operation linked to one of Mexico’s deadliest drug cartels.

  • The Trickle-Down Economics of Nicaragua’s Drug Trade

    When the Bluefields and the rest of Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast was a hub for cocaine traffic, violence went up and most of the profits went to unscrupulous kingpins—but the extra money was also a boon to many poor residents.

  • Less Coca in Colombia Means Nothing for Your Supply

    You might think that less coca must mean less cocaine coming out of South America, translating to less cocaine on the streets of places like New York and London. Well, not necessarily. It’s complicated, according to the people who know about this sort...

  • Peasant Farmers in Colombia Are Being Killed for Their Land

    The day before we set off for Catatumbo, Colombia’s ministry of defense tried to intimidate us into changing our minds. We received several emails and were invited to a personal meeting, where we were warned that our safety among the region's locals...

  • A Depressing Guide to the Classic British Drug-Mule Arrest

    The girls say they met a man from London in Ibiza. And he handed them over to a Peruvian drugs gang, who flew them to South America and coerced them into muling 2.3 million pounds' worth of coke. The British-drugs-mule-nabbed pageant has many moves...

  • I Went on a 'Make Your Own Cocaine' Tour in Colombia

    At first, all the proprietor spoke of were more standard environmental tours offered through his hostel, such as six-hour horse rides for $10 and all-day jungle-buggy tours for $15. But then I pointed to an entry in the composition book that counts as...