Narco

Crime & Drugs

Meet the Up-and-Coming Narcos Who Could Be Worse Than El Chapo

In the bastion of the Sinaloa cartel fears are growing that the recapture of El Chapo, and the demise of the old-guard leaders, could give the more impulsive generation of narcojuniors free rein.
Duncan Tucker
2.26.16
americas

A Narco-Saint, a Death Cult, and a Lost-Cause Apostle Await the Pope in Mexico

As Mexico lavishly prepares for Pope Francis' first visit to the world's second most Catholic nation, the country's rapidly growing religious counterculture doesn't really care that he's coming.
Nathaniel Janowitz
2.11.16
News

The Extraordinarily Dangerous Life of a Social Media Activist Taking on Mexico’s Narcos

A Facebook fan page with 615,000 followers is the narcos' ultimate enemy in Tamaulipas, Mexico, but the dangers posed to activist administrators, and those around them, make every post a risk.
Rodrigo Rodríguez
1.26.16
drugs and crime

Sex, Snacks, and Soccer: How Mexican Drug Lords End Up Captured

El Chapo's now famous mobile conversations with actress Kate del Castillo while he was Mexico's most wanted fugitive are just one of many examples of seeming carelessness that has brought down capos who are supposed to be experts in security.
Andrea Noel
1.20.16
Crime & Drugs

Here's Everything You Need To Know About What's Happened Since El Chapo's Recapture

In the week since Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was sent back to the prison from which he escaped in July, a cascade of revelations has shown drug trafficking infamy to be inextricably mixed up with Hollywood celebrity culture.
Saana Ihamäki
1.15.16
VICE News

Sean Penn, Who? — The Leaked Messages Between El Chapo and Kate del Castillo

A series of flirtatious mobile phone messages between the drug lord and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, when he was still a fugitive, appear to show him both somewhat careless with his security, as well as ignorant of Hollywood royalty.
Andrea Noel
1.14.16
Crime & Drugs

El Chapo Really Liked to Visit His Mom in the Mountains, Locals Say

In tiny mountain hamlets where Chapo grew up in poverty, locals say the kingpin visited his mother several times between his spectacular jailbreak in July and his dramatic recapture last Friday that has left some feeling abandoned.
Jan-Albert Hootsen
1.13.16
americas

Warden From Prison Where 'El Chapo' Escaped Is Back There — In a Cell

The former warden of the jail that 'Chapo' Guzmán escaped has been locked up in the same prison while he awaits trial for aiding the drug lord's flight.
Jo Tuckman
9.22.15
peru

Peru’s War on Drugs

VICE News traveled to the heart of Peru’s coca-producing region to witness how the government is waging a war on drugs with the aim of putting an early end to its reign as the world’s new king of cocaine.
VICE News
4.16.15
amazon

Amazon Settlers Dreaming of Modernization (Extra Scene from 'Cocaine And Faith In The Amazon')

In this extra scene, VICE News meets settlers of Alto Monte, who believe their sacred and remote town in the Amazon is on track to becoming a great civilization — just as their prophet Ezequiel Ataucusi promised.
VICE News
4.15.15
peru

Peru’s War on Drugs (Trailer)

Coming soon: VICE News traveled to the heart of Peru’s coca-producing region to witness how the government is waging a war on drugs with the aim of putting an early end to its reign as the world’s new king of cocaine.
VICE News
4.14.15
ataucusi

Inside the Israelite’s Elementary School (Extra Scene from 'Cocaine and Faith in the Amazon')

In this extra scene, VICE News visits an elementary school in Alto Monte that follows the religious Royal Law established in the Amazonian community, but a young student says his generation isn't about to blindly follow the path of his elders.
VICE News
4.8.15
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