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CEO Pleads Guilty to Selling Encrypted Phones to Organized Crime

Phantom Secure made custom, encrypted BlackBerry phones and sold them to customers all over the world, including to the Sinaloa cartel, according to prosecutors.
Joseph Cox

Secure Phone Companies Clamp Down After Sinaloa Cartel-Linked Arrest

Earlier this month, the FBI arrested the CEO of Phantom Secure, a company allegedly providing encrypted phones to organized crime. Now, those in the secure device supply chain are trying to push criminals out.
Joseph Cox

Four Alleged Associates of Sinaloa Cartel-Linked Encrypted Phone Company Are On the Run

Authorities have already arrested Vincent Ramos, Phantom Secure’s CEO. But the Department of Justice has indicted four other alleged Phantom associates, who are currently fugitives.
Joseph Cox

'Snitches Get Stitches': How Secure Phones for Criminals Are Sold on Instagram

For years, the oft-overlooked secure phone industry, sometimes linked to organized crime, has been pushing its wares on Instagram, with one account linked to Phantom Secure posting images of weapons, drugs, and bundles of cash.
Joseph Cox

Feds Bust CEO Allegedly Selling Custom BlackBerry Phones to Sinaloa Drug Cartel

Phantom Secure is one of the most infamous companies in the secure phone industry. Sources and court documents detail that its owner has been arrested for allegedly helping criminal organizations.
Joseph Cox
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

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
Border Lines

Remote Control

A Motherboard investigation on burner phones and human smuggling in the US-Mexico borderlands.
Brian Anderson
Border Lines

We Met a Sinaloa Cartel Boss and One of His Human Traffickers

Comanche and Juan are almost invisible, which seems to be the point.
Brian Anderson
Motherboard Blog

Catapults and Jalapeños: The Ingenious Smuggling Tech of the World's Top Drug Kingpin

For a semi-illiterate grammar school dropout, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán is a bloody mastermind. Guzmán, 55, sits atop Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel, which by all accounts is arguably the richest, most powerful crime syndicate in history. That's him on...
Brian Anderson