Sinaloa Cartel

crime

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
12.11.18
going dark

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.
Joseph Cox
10.3.18
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
Drugs

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."
Andrea Juárez
4.3.18
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.
Joseph Cox
3.21.18
fugitives

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.
Joseph Cox
3.16.18
hustling

'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.
Joseph Cox
3.12.18
CARTEL COMMS

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.
Joseph Cox
3.10.18
VICE News

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
12.7.17
Photos

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.
Daniel Ojeda
10.20.17
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
6.29.17
Narco Cyber

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.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Brian Anderson
5.17.17
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