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Self-defense groups in Guerrero

Conflict in Mexico’s Heroin Heartland as Self-Defense Groups Cry ‘Narco’

Two self-defense groups in Mexico's troubled state of Guerrero have accused each other of involvement in organized crime, illustrating the complexity of the...
Marijuana produced in California

How California’s Legalization of Marijuana Impacts Mexico’s Cartels

US voters in three states -- including California -- have approved the legalization of recreational marijuana, a decision that is likely to accelerate the trend of...
Protesters demonstrating to raise awareness about opioid abuse

Report Links US Drug Lobby to Opioid Epidemic

A new report sheds light on how the US pharmaceutical industry has poured millions of dollars into an effort to stop public health measures aimed at curbing...
Destruction of seized drugs in Mexico. c/o Animal Politico/Cuartoscuro

Data Shows Mexico Losing Battle With Organized Crime

Results of Mexico's antinarcotics strategy in 2016 show that seizures of all types of drugs and of weapons reserved for military use are down while homicides and...
Seizures of Mexican heroin in the United States have been on the rise

DEA Says Mexico Cartels Battling to Corner US Heroin Market

Two of Mexico's most powerful drug cartels are battling for control of the US heroin market, the DEA says, raising the possibility that heroin trafficking patterns...
A poppy field in Guerrero

Governor of Mexico’s Guerrero State Again Calls for Poppy Legalization

The governor of Mexico's Guerrero state is again calling for the legalization of opium poppy, the plant from which heroin is derived, as a remedy for extreme...
Coffee plants infected with coffee rust

Farmers Switching from Coffee to Poppy in Mexico’s Heroin Hub

Falling coffee production in Mexico's Guerrero state, in part due to a devastating plant fungus, has reportedly contributed to rising poppy cultivation, in turn...
US Attorney William Hochul announcing the charges

New York Indicts Drug Ring Linked to Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel

US prosecutors have brought charges against a drug ring linked to Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel that turned western New York into "ground zero" for narcotics trafficking...

Latest Guerrero, Mexico Arrest Promises Little Change in Insecurity

The capture of an alleged local Knights Templar chief on the coast of Guerrero promises to bring down insecurity in one of Mexico's most violent states, say...

Will North American Leaders Stay the Wrong Course on Heroin?

Mexico's heroin production was a central point in the recent summit of North American leaders, but the remedies under discussion show a remarkable unwillingness to...
A poppy in Mexico. by Deborah Bonello

Mexico Publishes Poppy Cultivation Data for First Time

Mexico has for the first time released its own estimates for the amount of land dedicated to poppy cultivation, and the figures contradict expectations that the...

Low-Profile Mexico Traffickers Take Center Stage in Dreamland

Sam Quiñones' recent book blends separate but overlapping stories of business triumph: pharmaceutical giants' US promotion of powerful narcotics like...