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Seized drug shipment
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
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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...