The rise and fall of a chubby Idaho pizza delivery boy turned weed kingpin.
In Colorado and beyond, a negotiated surrender in the war on drugs.
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.
The rise of the “wildly lucrative” herbal incense business, and the downfall of one company.
A profile of Griselda Blanco, aka the “Black Widow,” who pioneered the cocaine trade in New York and Miami.
The rise and fall of Lisette Lee, the self-proclaimed “Korean Paris Hilton,” who was busted for drug trafficking.
The rise and fall of Mickey the Pope, the founder of a New York City marijuana delivery business.
Life inside a provincial Russian drug den. Originally appeared in Russky Reporter.
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.
On the Mexican drug cartel accused of laundering money with race horses.
Portraits from weed country.