The Worst of the Cartels

Stories on Los Zetas, Sinaloa, La Familia, etcetera.
7 stories

The Kingpins

The fight for Guadalajara.

Jul 2012

Silver or Lead

The drug cartel La Familia gives local officials a choice: Take a bribe or a bullet.

May 2010

The Killing Fields

The skyrocketing market value of yarchagumba, a rare fungus prized as an aphrodisiac, has led to turf wars—and possibly murder.

Sep 2011

Baghdad on Our Border

Drug cartels battling for control of the U.S.–Mexico border have made Tijuana their battlefield, and the violence is now going international as ruthless gangs snatch American citizens from their homes in San Diego, Dallas, even Atlanta. It’s a war without borders, and—perhaps—without end.

Apr 2009
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The Snow Kings of Mexico

Disposable submarines, a marijuana catapult, a tunnel entrance hidden under a pool table—drug-trafficking has never been so clever, or so complicated. Inside the billion-dollar business of the Sinaloa cartel.

The Uncannily Accurate Depiction of the Meth Trade in “Breaking Bad”

How Vince Gilligan traffics in horror.

Jul 2012

The National Decay

Jun 2012