How America Lost the War on Drugs
An anatomy of a failure.
An anatomy of a failure.
The author travels to Mexico to meet a retired assassin and kidnapper, now himself a target of the cartels that once employed him.
How PCC, once an inmate soccer team and now Brazil’s most notorious prison gang, coordinated seven days of riots throughout São Paulo using mobile phones.
How the world’s most notorious drug lord was captured.
Previously: Patrick Radden Keefe on the Longform Podcast.
First they found his server, then they found his name. But if they couldn’t catch him with his laptop open, the whole thing would fall apart.
Investigating what Mexico’s government really knows about disappearance of dozens of students.
How Ross Ulbricht went from idealistic used-book seller to murderous drug kingpin.
The murder of a 34-year-old by a wig-wearing figure traces back to meth, an FBI sting and a former municipal judge who once sent a live copperhead snake to a foe through the U.S. mail.
Doug Dodd was a drug kingpin in high school. And now, like the narrator of a Scorcese film, he wants to tell his own story.
A man in Puerto Rico stumbles on a brick of cocaine, and rather than sell it he decides to bury it. Others, hearing his story, cook up a plan to retrieve it.
A white gangster immerses himself in Asian culture to lead a Chinatown gang. He even learns to pour tea correctly.
The transcript of chats between Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht and a man he believes to be a Hell’s Angel who agrees to supply “hitters” to carry out 5 assassinations.
How an elite anti-narcotics task force became the most brazen drug thieves on the Texas border.
What does it take for heroin to grab hold in the small, remote towns of America? Like any business, it starts with one man and an entrepreneurial dream.
“If you’d like to relive your horrible moment, if you want people to know what actually happened, talk to me. I will tell your story.” — Sean Flynn on the Longform Podcast
Bringing down a cocaine empire in 1980s rural Maine.
Fears of witchcraft leave a trail of dismembered bodies in Buenaventura, Colombia.
The story of September 26, 2014, the day 43 Mexican students went missing.
After 13 years of war, the United States has helped create a nation ruled by drug lords.
Today we're thrilled to announce our first Longform App Exclusive! One of the best articles of 2014 is now available completely free, only in the Longform App.
In "The Trials of White Boy Rick," a Kindle Single bestseller, Evan Hughes tells the incredible story of Rick Wershe. An infamous teenage drug dealer in 1980s Detroit who flew in kilos of cocaine from Miami and drove a white Jeep with THE SNOWMAN emblazoned on the back, Wershe was arrested at 17 and remains incarcerated. But he now claims he was working with the FBI all along. Was one of Detroit’s most notorious criminals also one of the feds’ most valuable informants?
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A three-part investigation into links between the cocaine trade, Nicaragua’s CIA-backed Contra rebels, and California’s crack epidemic in the 1980s.
How a Canadian used a Mohawk reservation’s lakes to smuggle tons of marijuana to stash houses in Brooklyn and Staten Island, resulting in nearly a billion in profits, which he laundered through the Sinaloa Cartel.
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.
The rise and fall of a chubby Idaho pizza delivery boy turned weed kingpin.
How Leo Sharp got busted.
How a 40-year-old IT consultant became nod, one of Silk Road’s highest volume heroin dealers, who turned informant and then fugitive.