How One of Mexico's Biggest Cartels Is Trying to Dominate the Country's Wildest West
In a shift in the drug war, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generation is confronting rivals in southwestern Mexico, and fighting the government.
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.
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.
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.
El Chapo Smuggled Coke Inside Fake Pickled Jalapeño Cans, Witness Testifies
The cartel transported an estimated $500 million worth of cocaine into the US in cans labeled La Comadre Pickled Jalapeño Peppers.
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.
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.
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.
Inside a Drug Tourism Economy
We talked to a Costa Rican drug dealer about selling to North American scum.
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.
Brian Wilson and Berlin Techno on the Beaches of Mexico’s Most Dangerous City
Wilson and Seun Kuti reigned, but it was homegrown talent that impressed the most at Acapulco's Trópico, a rising boutique festival founded to resist cartels and prove that Mexican youth can live freely under the looming specter of violence.
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.