How Two American Teens Became Assassins for a Mexican Cartel

'Wolf Boys,' a new book by Dan Slater, details the bloody rise and fall of two Texas teenagers who became contract killers for the Zetas, the most violent drug cartel in Mexico, killing dozens of people in the process.
Seth Ferranti

The Drug Cartels' IT Guy

The story of Felipe Peréz, a communications specialist reportedly kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel, and forced into a shadow hacker squad that engineers the gang's hidden radio network.
Brian Anderson

How the 'Ndrangheta Quietly Became the McDonald's of Mafias

Last year the ‘Ndrangheta—a mob group from the region that forms the toe of Italy's boot—raked in more than $75.3 billion, which is about the same revenue as McDonald’s and Deutsche Bank combined. While those exact numbers might be a bit inflated, the...
Luca Rinaldi
Motherboard Blog

Mexican Cartels Are Getting Into the Oil Business, and Business Is Booming

Mexican crime syndicates are using firetruck-sized drillers to bore literal drug pipelines under the border, but they're also profiting from another sort of pipeline.
Brian Anderson

The Leader of One of Mexico's Largest Drug Cartels Has Been Arrested

On Monday, authorities in Mexico captured the leader of the Zetas cartel in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, but don’t expect the arrest of ‘Z-40’ to severely disrupt the flow of cocaine to New York City. Narcotrafficking in Mexico could be returning to its old...
Diego Enrique Osorno

Drug Lords

Inside Mexico's narco churches.
Brian Anderson
Motherboard Blog

Drug Lords: Inside Mexico's Narco Churches

Cartels are high on God.
Brian Anderson
Motherboard Blog

Catapults and Jalapeños: The Ingenious Smuggling Tech of the World's Top Drug Kingpin

For a semi-illiterate grammar school dropout, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán is a bloody mastermind. Guzmán, 55, sits atop Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel, which by all accounts is arguably the richest, most powerful crime syndicate in history. That's him on...
Brian Anderson
Motherboard Blog

Sorry FBI, There Are Probably No Drug Cartels In Second Life

Even when it means breaking the law, there are few places the FBI won't go these days to check if you're up to no good. Your "car":http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/05/gps/, your "computer":https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/13460-Documents...
Janus Kopfstein