Drugs & Crime

People take part in a rally supporting Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in Tegucigalpa on Nov. 5. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Has a Lot Riding on the Honduras Election

Central America isn’t beyond repair, but there aren’t a lot of good people we can work with right now.

Bags of fentanyl-laced heroin in the New York Attorney General's office in 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

This Is the New Threat Driving the Opioid Crisis

Fentanyl is taking over the market. And it’s killing record numbers of people.

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 03:  U.S. President Donald Trump departs the White House on his way to West Virginia on August 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. A grand jury has been impaneled by Speical Counsel Robert Mueller in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Mueller Is Right to Follow the Money

Ignoring financial evidence would severely hamstring most federal criminal investigations.

Police officers from the anti-drug squad in Tegucigalpa on October 7, 2010 look after a load of 500 kilos of cocaine seized from traffickers during a joint operation by the Honduran Police, the Army and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in Brus Laguna, Mosquitia, Honduras.  AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Says Border Wall Will Stop Drugs. Here’s What a DEA Intel Report Says.

Many of the illegal drugs flowing into the United States come by air or sea.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - AUGUST 16:  A woman leaves a message in chalk on the street where Heather Heyer was killed and 19 others injured when a car slammed into a crowd of people protesting against a white supremacist rally, August 16, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville will held a memorial service for Heyer Wednesday, four days after she was killed when a participant in a white nationalist, neo-Nazi rally allegedly drove his car into the crowd of people demonstrating against the 'alt-right' gathering.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Law Should Treat Domestic Terror as the Equivalent of International Terror

There is no federal crime of domestic terrorism with which James Fields can be charged.

A CSX locomotive passes by a heroin encampment in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 10, 2017.


In North Philadelphia, railroad gulch as it is known, is ground zero in Philadelphia?s opioid epidemic. The tracks and the surrounding property are owned and operated by the Consolidated Rail Corporation, a joint subsidiary of Norfolk Southern and CSX. Last month, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced citations against the Consolidated Rail Corporation for what the mayor, in a release, said was Conrail?s failure to clean and secure their own property.  Visitors and homeless residents of the gulch say the trash isn?t their fault, and that they are only there because they have nowhere else to go
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How Not to Handle the Opioid Crisis

America’s drug pushers aren’t in Mexico — they’re right at home.

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Mexican Soccer Star Sanctioned for Drug Trafficking Ties

Rafa Marquez, Mexico’s captain, allegedly linked to Flores narco ring.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 20:  (L-R) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe other law enforcement officials hold a news conference to announce an 'international cybercrime enforcement action' at the Department of Justice July 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump said Wednesday in an interview with the New York Times that he never would have appointed Sessions had he known Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. "Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else," Trump said.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Feds Shut Down World’s Largest Online Drug Marketplace

Billed as a landmark operation, U.S. law enforcement strikes at dark web drug dealers.

This picture taken on May 18, 2017, shows police officers investigating an alleged drug dealer killed by unidentified gunman in Manila.
President Rodrigo Duterte swept to an election victory last year largely on a pledge to wipe out his nation's illegal drugs trade within three to six months, saying he would do so by killing thousands of people. Duterte fulfilled his vow on the death toll, drawing condemnation from rights groups who warned he may be orchestrating a crime against humanity as police and unknown assassins filled slums with bullet-ridden corpses. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS        (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Duterte’s Death Squads Were Born in America’s Cold War

The Philippines' new "war on drugs" is claiming thousands of lives. But the culture of vigilante violence started with anti-communism.

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Brazil Has Become a Gangland

With the country’s politics plagued by scandal and corruption, Brazil’s gangs are fighting a deadly and brazen turf war — inside and out of the broken prison system.

Workers hold a donkey's hide before curing at a licensed slaughterhouse specialised in donkeys in Baringo, on February 28, 2017. 
The emergence of the global trade in donkey hide attributed mainly to the rise of Chinas middle class and an increased perception of the medicinal efficacy of a gelatine derived after boiling the hides, that is a key ingredient in a medicine called 'ejiao' has raised the price and the rate of slaughter of the animal. / AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA        (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese Smugglers Are Buying Up Hundreds of Thousands of Illegally Slaughtered African Donkeys

When they’re not smuggling ivory and rhino horn, Africa’s most notorious criminal syndicates are stealing farm animals to make a 2,500-year-old traditional Chinese remedy.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos addresses the opening the XXX International Book Fair of Bogota on April 25, 2017 in Bogota, Colombia.
The nation of France and its contribution to literature is the fair's guest of honor this year. / AFP PHOTO / RAUL ARBOLEDA        (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Does Trump Have a Plan for Colombia?

A conversation with Juan Carlos Pinzoń, the Colombian ambassador to the United States.

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