Drugs & Crime

Boxes that, according to a U.N. report, were thought to contain assets of former Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi pictured at CIPDH's office in Accra, Ghana. Erik Goaied, a Tunisian businessman who was searching for Qaddafi's assets, claimed the boxes had been labeled with the logo of the International Committee of the Red Cross so as not to attract attention when they were transported out of Libya.

The Aid Organization That Wasn’t

Meet the Russian-led fake human rights group implicated in an international criminal caper.

People sit on a bench among marijuana plants outside the Senate building in Mexico City on Sept. 30, 2020.

Mexico Prepares to Light Up—Legally

The country is on the brink of creating the world’s largest legal cannabis market.

Participants pose to show their traditional Japanese tattoos (Irezumi), associated with the yakuza, during the annual Sanja Matsuri festival in the Asakusa district of Tokyo on May 20, 2018.

The Pandemic Is Putting Gangsters in Power

As states struggle, organized crime is rising to new prominence.

The headquarters of Danske Bank, under investigation for money laundering, in Copenhagen on Sept. 25, 2018.

Biden Can’t Fight Corruption Without Help From Europe

To stop drug traffickers, criminals, and kleptocrats from laundering their loot, the United States and EU must join forces.

An admirer of Colombian crime boss Pablo Escobar places flowers on his grave on the anniversary of his death, at the Montesacro cemetery in Itagüí, near Medellín,  Colombia on Dec. 2.

Drug Cartels Are All Over Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok

Latin American criminal gangs have embraced social media and messaging platforms to spread narco culture and sell drugs.

Members of the Guerrero Community Police

Legalization Advocates Hope to End Mexico’s Drug War

Threats, violence, and clampdowns have failed. Can decriminalization work?

A customer leaves the MOCA Modern Cannabis dispensary in Chicago on on Jan. 22.

As Nation Holds Breath, the War on Drugs Is Quietly Abandoned

Decriminalization measures have won across the United States.

Supporters of newly appointed Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov wave Kyrgyz flags during a rally in support of Japarov in Bishkek on Oct. 14.

Kyrgyzstan’s Protests Won’t Keep Corrupt Criminals Out of Politics

Members of the criminal underworld have long turned to politics to avoid prosecution. Ousting one set of corrupt leaders in favor of another won’t end the country’s crisis.

El Chapo boxes of aid for the needy

How to Run a Criminal Network in a Pandemic

Drug dealers and human traffickers are upgrading their marketing and delivery services.

Britain's Prince Andrew leaves after speaking at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Bangkok on Nov. 3, 2019.

Why Do Royals Get Away With So Much?

Prince Andrew’s entanglements with Jeffrey Epstein lack the usual excuse of affairs of state.

A view of the damage inside Chicago Lake Liquors on June 5, after it was looted during the protests and riots following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Violence Hurts the Communities Protesters Want to Protect

A disturbing rise in crime figures highlights the dangers of endorsing militancy.

A federal officer pepper sprays a protester in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, on July 20. Nathan Howard/Getty Images

How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Silencing Dissent and Sparking Repression

A look at how protests, political violence, and conflict have played out during the pandemic.

 

How Muscle Works in Moscow

Understanding “krysha,” the word that explains why Russian life is all about having the right kind of protection.

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Goodbye, Government. Hello, Mafia.

From insurgent groups to charities, a range of nongovernmental organizations are stepping in to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

Peruvian Army soldiers stand guard during an operation to blow up a landing strip used by drug smugglers in the Amazon jungle, near Oxapampa, Peru, on Oct. 31, 2019.

The Pandemic Has Triggered Dramatic Shifts in the Global Criminal Underworld

Drug cartels are facing broken supply chains, shrinking revenues, and shifting markets. Rising violence is just one effect.

A man looks at a solidarity basket displayed with a note reading "Who can, put, who cannot, take" in one of the deserted streets in the historic center of Naples on April 3.

Mafia, Poverty, and the Pandemic

In southern Italy, an already shaky economy is left struggling by the coronavirus—leaving a vacuum for organized crime.

A young woman believed to be a victim of human trafficking is questioned by police in Kathmandu, Nepal

The Pandemic’s Hidden Human Trafficking Crisis

The coronavirus has created more people vulnerable to exploitation by traffickers—and revealed the world’s unpreparedness to protect them.

An Islamic State billboard is seen destroyed in the middle of a road in Qaraqosh, Iraq, on Nov. 8, 2016.

Reintegrating Ex-Terrorists

Entrepreneurship can help reintegrate former militants—and may be useful for U.S. criminal justice reform, too.

Playing cards showing details of missing children are displayed in Beijing on March 31, 2007.

Human Trafficking Helps Terrorists Earn Money and Strategic Advantage

The United States should get serious about ending slavery once and for all.

Policemen are seen at a crime scene in Guadalajara, Jalisco, on Nov. 22.

In Mexico, AMLO’s Presidency Turned One

Here’s how he’s delivering on his security promises.