CARTELS

Cartel Chronicles

In El Chapo's Mexico, Fentanyl is the New Boom Drug

Despite the drug lord's take down, the narco-trade in Sinaloa is thriving as producers shift from heroin to deadly opioids.
Deborah Bonello
2.18.19
Film

This Casting Director Puts Real Cartel Members in Movies

Eduardo Giralt Brun is offering at-risk youths from Sinaloa a potential way out of an early grave by playing themselves on screen.
Deborah Bonello
2.1.19
crime

A Drug Kingpin Ran His Empire from a Laptop, Then Snitched on His Own Assassins

Pain pills in the US. Meth from North Korea. Shipments of gold. Yachts full of cocaine. Contract killings. They all added up to a witness for the feds.
Seth Ferranti
1.23.19
true crime

How a Brooklyn Gang May Have Gotten Crazy Rich Dealing for El Chapo

Experts suspect the Sinaloa Cartel of supplying heroin to Bushwick Crew, a flashy street gang cops say lived hard, fast and deadly.
Francisco Alvarado
9.26.18
true crime

How a Stud Racehorse Helped Sink a Brutal Cartel Boss

A top Los Zetas figure had his brother set up a horse-breeding operation in America to launder cash. Then they started winning big prizes – and the feds got involved.
Seth Ferranti
7.25.17
Drugs

Drug Smugglers Love This Janky Boat

The cheap, fast and unremarkable panga boat has been a fixture off the California coast for years. Even after El Chapo's capture, it may be a cartel standard.
Dave Minsky
6.30.17
Drugs

Inside a Drug Tourism Economy

We talked to a Costa Rican drug dealer about selling to North American scum.
Allison Tierney
4.6.17
politics

How Drugs Will Get Under, Over, and Around Trump's Wall

A wall may be a powerful symbol, but it won't be a useful tool in the war on drugs.
Mike Pearl
1.31.17
Stuff

How Two American Teens Became Assassins for a Mexican Cartel

A new non-fiction book details the bloody rise and fall of two Texas teenagers who became contract killers for the Zetas, killing dozens of people.
Seth Ferranti
9.18.16
Stuff

Are You Really to Blame for the Violence of the Drug Trade?

Some critics say users are responsible for the narco-war and the toxic pollution of the world's rainforests, but the forces creating these situations are actually at a much higher level.
Max Daly and Jennifer Fleetwood
8.11.16
Stuff

How Unethical Is Buying Weed?

Did you ever wonder if someone got fucked over so you could have that dank ass Purple Urkle?
Mike Pearl
6.14.16
Stuff

What McDonald's and Walmart Can Teach Drug Cartels

Tom Wainwright's latest book, 'Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel', looks at the drug trade as if it were a legal business, finding common ground between the underworld and legitimate corporations.
Seth Ferranti
2.28.16
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