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End of Heroin is Bad News for US Fentanyl Hotbeds

On October 22, 2018, authorities pulled over a Dominican national identifying himself as Angel Javier Morell-Oneill as he drove in Methuen, Massachusetts. They had...
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Bulgarian Biochemist in Mexico Gives Glimpse of the Future

In January 2018, US authorities began following a Bulgarian biochemist named Antov Petrov Kulkin who they believed was running a small carfentanil/fentanyl...
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A Sinaloa Connection in Buffalo, New York?

The sea cucumber arrived. Then more arrived. Then more. It was a lot, investigators noted—too much for that northwestern corner of New York state. The...
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Fentanyl Case Shows China’s Scary Ability to Adapt

In October 2017, two Chinese men—Xiaobing Yan and Jian Zhang—were indicted for conspiring to manufacture and distribute “large quantities” of fentanyl and...
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Fentanyl: Summary and Major Findings

Since surging into the market in 2013, fentanyl has become the most lethal category of opioid in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
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Mexico’s Role in the Deadly Rise of Fentanyl

This investigative series looks at the role that Mexico and its cartels have played in making the lethal opioid fentanyl a growing threat...
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GameChangers 2018: As Opioids and Cocaine Boom, the Americas Wilt

While traditional criminal organizations have widened their portfolios dramatically in recent years, drug trafficking remains the most important earner in the...
InSight Crime's 2018 Criminal GameChangers
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GameChangers 2018: The Year Crime Became an Ideology

Welcome to InSight Crime’s Criminal GameChangers 2018, where we highlight the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas over the course of the...
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‘Narcos Mexico’: Netflix’s Clues About Today’s Criminal World

In its fourth season, "Narcos: Mexico" has left Colombia's underworld to zoom in on the country that is now at the epicenter of criminal activity in Latin America....
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LatAm Crime Groups Adapting to Meet Growing US Drug Demand

As the opioid crisis continues to ravage the United States, with a record number of overdose deaths, crime groups in Latin America have taken advantage of the...
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US Fentanyl Seizure Suggests Evolving Mexican-Dominican Links

US authorities arrested two Dominican citizens in connection to a multimillion-dollar fentanyl shipment delivered from Mexico, suggesting that relations between...
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Canada Marijuana Legalization Puts Spotlight on LatAm Drug Policy

Recreational marijuana in Canada is now officially legal, and while the decision is unlikely have a significant impact on Latin America’s black market, it could...