Tijuana’s Tourism Is Booming Even as the Homicide Rate Spikes
Over 2,300 people have been murdered in 2018 thus far, an increase from 1,647 homicides in 2017.
Alejandra Sánchez Inzunza
José Luis Pardo Veiras
CEO Pleads Guilty to Selling Encrypted Phones to Organized Crime
Phantom Secure made custom, encrypted BlackBerry phones and sold them to customers all over the world, including to the Sinaloa cartel, according to prosecutors.
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.
What It's Like to Be Married to a Mexican Drug Trafficker
"Two days before my daughter was born, they kidnapped my husband's bodyguard. At dawn on the day she was born, we found him hanging from a bridge."
BAD FOR BUSINESS
Secure Phone Companies Clamp Down After Sinaloa Cartel-Linked Arrest
Earlier this month, the FBI arrested the CEO of Phantom Secure, a company allegedly providing encrypted phones to organized crime. Now, those in the secure device supply chain are trying to push criminals out.
Four Alleged Associates of Sinaloa Cartel-Linked Encrypted Phone Company Are On the Run
Authorities have already arrested Vincent Ramos, Phantom Secure’s CEO. But the Department of Justice has indicted four other alleged Phantom associates, who are currently fugitives.
'Snitches Get Stitches': How Secure Phones for Criminals Are Sold on Instagram
For years, the oft-overlooked secure phone industry, sometimes linked to organized crime, has been pushing its wares on Instagram, with one account linked to Phantom Secure posting images of weapons, drugs, and bundles of cash.
Feds Bust CEO Allegedly Selling Custom BlackBerry Phones to Sinaloa Drug Cartel
Phantom Secure is one of the most infamous companies in the secure phone industry. Sources and court documents detail that its owner has been arrested for allegedly helping criminal organizations.
One Man Dissolved Dozens of Bodies and Dumped Them in This Mass Grave in Mexico
Eight years ago, Santiago Meza admitted to carrying out horrible acts on behalf of drug cartels. The authorities still haven't sentenced him, but on the land in Tijuana where he "worked," the evidence continues to pile up.
Laura Sánchez Ley
Inside a Terrifying Stop for Migrants Heading to the US
We traveled to a nearly inaccessible spot in the Sonora desert where organized crime groups detain people on their way to North America.
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.
A ‘Hacker’ Exposed a Mexican Drug Lord, Now He's Trying to Save His Own Life
The computer engineer secretly shot video of the purported heir to Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán and was reported to be living in the US under government protection. In fact, he’s stuck in Mexico.