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Las Moicas have reportedly grown by exploiting California’s heroin market

Meet the Little-Known Mexican Cartel Operating in California

A little-known drug trafficking group in Mexico called "Las Moicas" has not only successfully defended its foothold in the US heroin market for years against...
US President Donald Trump

5 Ways Trump’s Deportation Plan Helps Criminals

In a number of ways, the Trump administration's plan to curb illegal immigration in the United States could facilitate the type of crime that it purports to...
Mexico's cartels have transitioned from brown "tar" heroin to "china white"

China White, Mexico’s New Heroin Threatening the United States

Over the last ten years, US anti-narcotics agencies have witnessed a heroin epidemic that tripled the number of heroin addicts and caused more than 40,000 overdose...
Seized drug shipment

GameChangers 2016: Drug Production and Consumption – Patterns and Performance

The drug world in the Americas is undergoing seismic shifts with changing patterns of drug production and consumption that are reshaping organized crime in the...
A potential lethal dose of fentanyl (2 milligrams)

US Arrests Drug Company Execs for Allegedly Fueling Opioid Epidemic

Top executives of a US pharmaceutical company have been arrested for allegedly scheming to overprescribe the highly addictive opiate fentanyl, one of the main...
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani

Giuliani’s Work for Firm Behind Heroin Explosion Sparks Controversy

In addition to potentially scuttling his chances of securing a top job with the incoming administration of US President-elect Donald Trump, Rudolph Giuliani's...
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...