SMUGGLERS

The VICE Guide to Right Now

Komodo Island Is Closing Because People Keep Stealing Its Dragons

Tourists will be banned from visiting the Indonesian island as of January 2020.
Gavin Butler
4.3.19
Drugs

A Massive Underground Drug Tunnel to Mexico Was Found Underneath an Abandoned KFC

Feds stumbled upon the underground passageway after cops busted the building's owner with meth, coke, heroin, and fentanyl.
Drew Schwartz
8.23.18
Weed

Someone Built a Giant Drug Catapult on the US-Mexico Border

When border agents swept the surrounding area, they found two bags of marijuana weighing in at just over 47 pounds.
Lauren Messman
2.15.17
The Borders Issue

This ATV-Riding Immigrant Hunter Is the New Face of Europe's Far Right

Thirty-year-old former wrestler and scrapyard owner Dinko Valev rose to international notoriety after uploading cellphone videos of his migrant hunting in the remote, mountainous Strandzha region of Bulgaria.
Aaron Lake Smith
6.16.16
Border Lines

We Met a Sinaloa Cartel Boss and One of His Human Traffickers

Comanche and Juan are almost invisible, which seems to be the point.
Brian Anderson
4.14.16
migrants

Migrant Cash, RPGs and Selfies: Inside the World of Human Trafficking in the Horn of Africa

A new report exposes the organized criminal networks that traffic migrants along the dangerous Horn of Africa-Europe route.
Pierre-Louis Caron
2.26.16
americas

More African and Asian Migrants Are Arriving in Mexico After Long Latin American Journeys

Mexico detained 1,300 African and Asian migrants, three times more than the previous year. The numbers were on track to at least double again in 2015. Many are heading to the US planning to seek asylum.
Conrad Fox
1.8.16
Europe

Holiday Season Brings Uncertainty to Afghans Who Are Desperate to Make It to Europe

As waves of people flee increasingly desperate conditions in their native Afghanistan, migrants and refugees have become increasingly susceptible to lies from smugglers out of fear that the gates to Europe will soon close in 2016.
Ali M Latifi
12.24.15
Saudi Arabia

48,000 Cans of Beer Disguised as Pepsi Were Just Confiscated by Saudi Officials

Saudi Arabian officials announced yesterday that they confiscated 48,000 cans of beer disguised at Pepsi cans. Reports say a man attempted to bring the alcohol through the Al Batha border, which Saudi Arabia shares with the United Arab Emirates.
Alex Swerdloff
11.13.15
News

I Spent a Frenzied Night Saving Children Washed Up on a Greek Island

We need more money, medical staff, volunteers, and translators. And we need more compassion so that men, women, and children stop dying on the water.
Peggy Whitfield
11.4.15
russia

Russian Criminals Hid Half a Ton of Caviar in a Hearse and Casket

Russia’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that the Russian police uncovered 1,100 pounds of caviar in the back of a hearse that was pulled over for speeding.
Alex Swerdloff
10.31.15
the people speak

Is the War on Drugs Working? - The People Speak

In this episode of 'The People Speak,' VICE News traveled around the world to ask people what they think about the war on drugs.
VICE News
10.30.15
0104