The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule
How Leo Sharp got busted.
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.
To his friends and family, Ross Ulbricht was a compassionate, warm soul known for random acts of kindness. To the F.B.I., he was Dread Pirate Roberts, the mastermind behind the Silk Road who was willing to order hits to protect his black market operation.
Seventeen-year-old Israel Arenas Durán disappeared after being arrested near his home in Nuevo León. He is one of more than 25,000 who have gone missing in Mexico since 2006.
A bungled operation in Honduras and the enduring ineffectiveness of America’s war on drugs.
An interview with a Mexican-born American attorney who defended and eventually smuggled for the cartels in the ’90s.
How Chicago is key to a business moving tons of drugs for billions of dollars.
On the fall of Ross William Ulbricht, the alleged creator of The Silk Road, a hidden black market website where users could buy and sell drugs, guns and, according to the FBI, the services of a hit man.
How the heir to a horse racing empire became an informant on the Zetas cartel as they pushed their money laundering operations into the lucrative quarter horse trade.
A profile of legendary L.A. crack dealer Freeway Rick Ross, now out of jail and trying to sell everything from weaves to his own biopic, written by a journalist who has known him for decades.
A look at the Mexican drug wars from the point of view of a narco’s mistress in Juárez.
Alfred Anaya was a genius at installing secret compartments in cars. If they were used to smuggle drugs without his knowledge, he figured, that wasn’t his problem. He was wrong.
A profile of Frank Lucas, whose life was the basis for the film American Gangster, decades after his days as a kingpin.
A world-renowned physicist’s miscalculation.
On the Connecticut priest who dealt methamphetamine from his church and ran a sex ring from his apartment.
From 1975-1986, Anthony Edward Dokoupil distributed more than 50 tons of weed in the United States. The operation ruined his family and destroyed his life. Three decades later, his son came looking for answers.
How a Chicago drug organization did business.
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.