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Inside Pablo Escobar's Private Prison

In exchange for his surrender, the top Colombian drug lord was allowed to build his own jail, complete with a disco, jacuzzi, and waterfall. Now 23 years later, it’s a home for the elderly.

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The Final Confessions of a Silk Road Kingpin

How a 40-year-old IT consultant became nod, one of Silk Road’s highest volume heroin dealers, who turned informant and then fugitive.

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Why Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel Loves Selling Drugs in Chicago

How Chicago is key to a business moving tons of drugs for billions of dollars.

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Blow Hard

Scott Storch, a producer who earned six figures for beats he made in less than an hour, was worth an estimated $70 million. Then he blew it all in a bizarre cocaine binge.

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Don and Jerry's Blue Period

On the production team of Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, who defined the’90s at the box office with films like Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop, then struggled amidst Simpson’s hedonistic excess and the failure of Days of Thunder.

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How the Plummeting Price of Cocaine Fueled the Nationwide Drop in Violent Crime

A statistics-based argument that drug pricing, not drug use or law enformencement, is the only way to predict swings in violent crime rates.

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Coke, Hookers, Hospital, Repeat

GQ moved up the release of this Charlie Sheen profile: "The fucking AA shit. The sobriety shit. It was always for other people. I just wanted to get a job back and get enough money to tell everybody to go fuck themselves and then roll like Errol Flynn and Frank Sinatra—the good parts of those guys."
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The Perfect Dealer

Customer feedback on the New York City coke dealing industry.

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The Colombian Coke Sub

A former pilot of miniature cocaine-smuggling submarines tells his story.

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The Mystery of the Tainted Cocaine

How the bulk of the cocaine entering the U.S. ends up cut with a cattle dewormer.

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America’s Cocaine King

It took a desperate screenwriter to find Max Mermelstein, Miami’s former coke overlord, after twenty-five years in hiding.

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Video games: the addiction

Tom Bissell was an acclaimed young writer when he started playing Grand Theft Auto. For the last three years he has been sleep deprived, cocaine fueled, and barely able to write a word—and he has no regrets.