That proliferation has been a challenge and asset for major cartels, but it has overwhelmed Mexican law enforcement.
"US authorities used El Chapo's case to justify their presence in Mexico, but [his arrest] doesn't solve a thing," one expert told Insider.
A Space Force wildlife manager doing a sea-turtle nesting survey found an estimated $1.2 million worth of cocaine that washed up on a Florida beach.
Mexico's latest "mega raffle" has 22 prizes valued at $12.5 million, including mansions that belonged to "El Chapo" and "the lord of the skies."
With a few rudimentary modifications, Mexican criminal groups can use commercial drones bought in the US as weapons or to move drugs
"Mexico is now overwhelmed and out of capacity," a Catholic priest in southwest Mexico told Insider.
Mexico is gearing up for the largest election in its history, with more than 21,000 offices at stake.
Soldiers destroyed a coca plantation in southwest Mexico in February, another sign that cartels are experimenting with producing cocaine themselves.
"The members and leaders of the organization are in Mexico, not in the US," a Sinaloa Cartel operative told Insider.
The powerful Sinaloa cartel built an empire by smuggling cocaine through Mexico to the US. But the cartel is shifting its focus to a new, more potent drug to keep up with changing US appetites. At a lab in Sinaloa’s heartland, cartel members told Insider how they’re working to keep […]
Since April 2020, US Navy and Coast Guard ships and aircraft have been conducting enhanced counternarcotics operations. They work together closely, and Coast Guard snipers on Navy vessels are engaging suspected smugglers every day, the top US commander in the region says. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Nearly […]
A ‘ghost boat’ carrying $US80 million worth of cocaine washed up on a beach in the Marshall Islands. Residents discovered hundreds of bricks of cocaine after attempting to lift the suspiciously heavy boat. The drugs weighed 1,430 pounds. Police believe this is the largest drug haul ever on the island, […]
In makeshift labs across Colombia, farmers and technicians begin to turn coca leaves into coca paste, which eventually becomes cocaine sold all around the world. The following is an excerpt from “Kilo: Inside the Deadliest Cocaine Cartels – from the Jungles to the Streets” by Toby Muse. Visit Business Insider’s […]
Italian police seized a two-kilogram package of coffee beans and found that some beans were individually stuffed with cocaine,CNN reported. The package was found and searched in a Milan airport because it was addressed to Santino D’Antonio, the same name as a fictional mafia boss from “John Wick: Chapter 2” […]
Convicted drug trafficker Carlos Lehder was released from a US prison on Monday, 33 years after his arrest in Colombia. Lehder rose to power in the Medellin cartel, alongside Pablo Escobar, but in among a notoriously brutal generation of narcos, Lehder stands out for his violence and cunning. Visit Business […]
The Army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade is heading to Colombia, marking the first time one of the new units meant to train and advise partner forces has been sent to the region. The deployment is part of the US’s Enhanced Counter-Narcotics Operations, but cocaine production is increasing in Colombia, […]
A US warship sailed along the Venezuelan coast in a freedom-of-navigation operation, the top US military commander in the region told lawmakers this week. Such operations by the US are not uncommon, but US military activity around Venezuela has gotten more scrutiny amid talk by US leaders of military intervention […]