Kingpin no longer.
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The conviction of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín Guzmán Loera, who evaded justice in Mexico, is a win for US officials. But it's a pyrrhic victory in the war on drugs.
An artist’s sketch of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán at a 2018 pretrial hearing in a Brooklyn Federal courthouse.
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With its tales of bloody violence, corruption, international trade and entrepreneurial innovation, Guzmán's trial offers a telenovela-style explainer on Mexican cartels and their American clients.
It's not the 'bad hombres' but the middle-class white guys who are the baddies of this US crime drama.
Both focus too much on controlling supply and not enough on demand.
Drug traffickers and their ilk are not bothered by borders now, and they'll be even less concerned if Britain leaves the EU.
The UK’s ‘most charming’ drug smuggler.
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The consumption of homegrown cannabis has risen sharply over the past decade.
If most of your knowledge about the mafia comes from The Godfather, you should probably read this.
The many identities of Ross William Ulbricht.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Ross William Ulbricht, the tech-savvy Texan who created the Silk Road, was sentenced to life in prison without parole on charges that equated him with a mafia boss.
The code of the suburbs dictates a different set of rules for dealing with conflict.
Why does suburban drug dealing tend to skirt the rampant violence of inner-city drug dealing?
Most of the world continues with a criminal justice approach to drug use despite ample evidence of its harmfulness.
In 1967, the Beatles took out a full-page advertisement in The Times describing Britain’s marijuana laws as “immoral in principle and unworkable in practice”. Almost half a century later, both past and…
No economic activity either.
To paraphrase The Wire’s Stringer Bell: “Product, my dear colleagues. Product”. When the putative “CEO” of the Barksdale drug gang was referring to “product”, he possibly wasn’t thinking of the “gross…
Drug trafficking has been linked to deforestation in Central American countries, as forests are cut down to create transportation…
Australian motorcycle gang the Finks are expected to merge with US group the Mongols. Does this represent a new ‘corporatised’ world of organised crime?
In the world of illegal markets and organised crime, money is the prime mover. Legal or not, if someone’s willing to buy, odds are someone else is willing to supply. In the two decades or so since the…