An excess of drugs in the Golden Triangle region due to COVID export restrictions has led to an increase in meth use among young people and workers.
The shipment was the Southeast Asian country's largest narcotics seizure in recent memory.
Myanmar's army signed a peace agreement to end its long-lasting civil war, but drug cartels—and corrupt military officials—are providing an incentive for the militias to stick around.
The Sinaloa drug cartel is the largest cartel in the world, and it's estimated to rake in $3 billion a year. VICE News visited Mexico's Golden Triangle, the stronghold of the Sinaloa cartel, just days before the extradition of drug lord El Chapo.
Similar arrests have taken place this year, where women from Minnesota were trafficking contraband from Laos.
From the farmers barely earning a living from cultivating the poppies, via the entire communities forced from their homes by warring gunmen, to the growing number of addicts in the US — there are few winners along the route of Mexican heroin.
The video reveals some previously unseen footage but leaves several questions unanswered about the operation, and contains an embarrassing mistake.
Instead of devoting resources to rounding up, detaining, and deporting refugees, the United States should ensure those fleeing violence in their home countries have a chance to make their claim for protection.
A Mexican newspaper says intelligence accounts show Kate del Castillo was in contact with El Chapo via his lawyers for nearly a year before his dramatic jailbreak last July, and has published surveillance pictures leading up to Penn's interview.
In this excerpt, VICE News correspondent Daniel Hernandez meets farmer Gonzalo Peña, whose ranch in Durango has become collateral in the Mexican Navy's hunt for 'El Chapo'.