Tag: Drug Empires

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Kid Cannabis

The rise and fall of a chubby Idaho pizza delivery boy turned weed kingpin.

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The Truce on Drugs

In Colorado and beyond, a negotiated surrender in the war on drugs.

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Rio: The Fight for the Favelas

On the experimental favela police force UPP (aka “The Big Skull”) and their efforts to clean Rio’s largest slum in advance of the World Cup and Olympics.

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The Fake Pot Industry is Coming Down From a Three-Year High

The rise of the “wildly lucrative” herbal incense business, and the downfall of one company.

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Searching For the Godmother of Crime

A profile of Griselda Blanco, aka the “Black Widow,” who pioneered the cocaine trade in New York and Miami.

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The Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills

The rise and fall of Lisette Lee, the self-proclaimed “Korean Paris Hilton,” who was busted for drug trafficking.

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The High Life and Strange Times of the Pope of Pot

The rise and fall of Mickey the Pope, the founder of a New York City marijuana delivery business.

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Snap Goes The Crocodile

Life inside a provincial Russian drug den. Originally appeared in Russky Reporter.

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Bath Salts: Deep in the Heart of America's New Drug Nightmare

Perpetually reinvented through experimental chemistry, manufactured in Asian mills, packaged in foil with names like White Slut Concentrated and Charley Sheene for use as “hookah cleaner,” distributed in college town head shops, snorted and injected by hardened addicts and high school thrill seekers alike, bath salts may be the strangest and most volatile American drug craze since crack. And they’re (quasi) legal.

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Cocaine, Inc.

How a Mexican drug cartel makes its billions.

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A Drug Family in the Winner’s Circle

On the Mexican drug cartel accused of laundering money with race horses.

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