CARTELS

wildlife crime

DNA Forensics Is Helping Authorities to Catch Elephant Ivory Cartels

Scientists have created a novel DNA mapping tool that has exposed the secretive web of ivory trafficking in Africa.
Sarah Emerson
9.19.18
In Moderation

Leaked Documents Show How Instagram Polices Content to Prevent ‘PR Fires’

Besides revenge porn and terrorism, flags for moderators include ‘Nazi,’ ‘Cartel,’ and ‘Gang,’ according to leaked training documents for Instagram workers.
Joseph Cox
5.14.18
Border Lines

Great, Mexican Drug Cartels Now Have Weaponized Drones

“Potato bomb” quadcopters give narcos more options for perpetrating crimes they're perfectly capable of pulling off some other way.
David Axe
10.25.17
Narco Cyber

A ‘Hacker’ Exposed a Mexican Drug Lord, Now He's Trying to Save His Own Life

The computer engineer secretly shot video of the purported heir to Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán and was reported to be living in the US under government protection. In fact, he’s stuck in Mexico.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Brian Anderson
5.17.17
mexico

How Drug Cartels Operate Like Silicon Valley Startups

"Maybe the next Steve Jobs is a girl in Oaxaca."
Rory Smith
9.16.16
Drugs

The Sinaloa Cartel Has More Planes Than Mexico's Biggest Airline

The drug trafficking organization has hundreds of planes, from Cessnas to Boeing 727s, and competes for top pilots.
Robert Beckhusen
5.9.16
Features

Bicycles: The Most Ingenious Way to Smuggle Migrants

An excerpt from “The Coyote’s Bicycle,” the new book from borderland journalist Kimball Taylor.
Kimball Taylor
3.1.16
mexico

What Will Come Across the US-Mexican Border in 2016

Thanks to Trump, the cartels, and ISIS, the border became one of the biggest issues of 2015. So what's in store for 2016?
Brian Merchant
1.5.16
Features

The Hunt for Narco Subs

If Colombian narco sub busts are so rare, how many drug-loaded semi-submersibles go by undetected?
Brian Anderson
8.17.15
mexico

Where Is All That Seized Cartel Radio Gear?

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office said it has no record of over 500 illegal radio antennas and repeaters reportedly confiscated by officials since 2006.
Brian Anderson
7.29.15
Features

The Cartel Gunsmiths

A homebrew gun club for a rising Mexican gang used maker-style milling tech to produce AR-15s from scratch. Was it a one-off novelty, or an omen?
Brian Anderson
6.24.15
Features

Big Brother Narco: Cartels Are Building Their Own CCTV Networks

It's an unprecedented feat of counter-surveillance in the ongoing technological arms race between Mexican and American authorities and cartels.
Brian Anderson
5.27.15
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