There’s a Wild Scramble for Control of the Dark Web Taking Place in Russia
The closure of the world's biggest single darknet market triggered a battle for succession, involving cyber attacks, PR stunts and even the war in Ukraine. The winner stands to claim a prize worth up to $1.37 billion.
Why Was Israel's Most Wanted Mobster Hiding Out in South Africa?
Yaniv Ben Simon was arrested near Johannesburg after 7 years on the run. He's just one of a number of international fugitives believed to have been using South Africa as a hideout.
Why It Still Sucks To Get High in the Arab World's Biggest City
Egypt has been trying to eliminate drug use since the medieval era. But for just as long, people in Cairo have been finding ways around the clampdowns.
Plant-Based Meth From Afghanistan Is Turning Up All Over the World
From Cape Town to Melbourne, a new breed of semi-synthetic meth has become an export bonanza for the world's biggest opium producer.
Three Drug Dealers Reflect on a Year of Lockdown
With drug use transforming over the past year, VICE spoke to a street dealer, darkweb vendor and cannabis grower to see what's changed.
Drugs Are Actually Good, Says Columbia Professor
In his new book, neuroscientist Prof Carl Hart argues that addiction isn’t the only way to think about drug use.
I Run the Call Centre for a Highly Successful London Drug Ring
"Paul" is the voice at the other end of the line.
A Night with the Secretive Animal Rights Group Sabotaging England’s Badger Cull
The Underground Badger Syndicate intimidates farmers who take part in the cull, which is intended to protect cattle from the spread of bovine TB.
How a Quiet Corner of Northern Europe Became a Theatre of Extreme Drug Warfare
Underworld violence is on the up in the otherwise peaceful countries of Belgium and the Netherlands – and it’s all linked to the international cocaine trade.
A New Breed of Drug Dealer Has Turned Buying Drugs into a Treasure Hunt
Most Russian drug dealers don't hand off drugs anymore—they stash them in geotagged hiding spots ready for pickup by online buyers.
I Buy Drugs in the Favelas for Rio’s Middle Classes
“I love living here. It’s wonderful—everybody knows everybody, respects everybody, even the bandits.”
Dodgy Drug Charges Are Being Used to Silence Russia's Opposition
If you're a journalist or an activist in Russia, drugs can magically appear in your backpack.