As fears grow Afghanistan’s opium trade is the only barrier to a global opioid death epidemic, experts tell VICE News “there are no good options.”
Backed by the public, the super-rich city-state is ignoring international outrage to hang more and more low level drug couriers from ethnic minorities.
A tactic where gangs use scuba divers to attach cocaine stashes to the hulls of unsuspecting ships is on the rise according to VICE News analysis. But for those who carry out these brazen operations, it can be fatal.
I spent a year investigating the cocaine cartels that have taken root in Europe and ushered in a new era of violent crime not seen since Italy’s struggle with La Cosa Nostra in the 1980s.
"Latin American cartels are operating here. They have accounts here, they have hitmen and foot soldiers here."
European officials tell VICE World News they are concerned accused drug traffickers are using Turkey's citizenship laws to evade trial in other countries.
Forty-three members of “Las Señoritas” are facing charges for trafficking drugs for the CJNG cartel. One of them was just arrested in Mexico.
Police said they had found 500 illegal surveillance cameras installed by Albanian gangsters to keep an eye on their movements.
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.
A police official told VICE World News that Dutch and US authorities would be despairing after two accused cartel bosses were released from custody in Dubai.
Police said 28-year old government IT boss and active TikTok user Erisa Fero used her government ID to smuggle drugs through checkpoints.
British citizen Ryan Hale is accused of being the boss of a so-called super cartel which trafficked a third of Europe's cocaine.