Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic drugs are created from man-made chemicals instead of natural ingredients. They include opioids such as fentanyl, as well as methamphetamine, ecstasy and LSD.

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GameChangers 2022: ‘Pink Cocaine,’ Cross-Border Battles, and the Frustrating Fight Against Mafia States

NEWS / 22 DEC 2022

InSight Crime's GameChangers 2022 looks back at the most consequential criminal stories across Latin America this year.

With Legalization, Marijuana Trafficking Routes Evolve Along US-Mexico Border

NEWS / 13 DEC 2022

The legalization of marijuana at the state level in the US has forced organized crime groups in Mexico to adapt and look for new markets.

Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations' New Marijuana Strategies

INVESTIGATIONS / 6 DEC 2022

In response to changes in the international marijuana trade, Mexico-based drug trafficking groups have shifted their strategies.

As Marijuana Fades, Sinaloa’s Organized Crime Does Not

INVESTIGATIONS / 6 DEC 2022

The shift from plant-based to synthetic drugs has upended the relationship between small farmers and crime groups in Mexico’s Golden Triangle.

The Chapitos’ Monopoly on Drug Sales in Culiacán, Sinaloa

INVESTIGATIONS / 6 DEC 2022

Local drug sales in Sinaloa’s capital city are controlled by one of the most notorious and powerful organized crime families in Mexico.

Executive Summary and Major Findings

INVESTIGATIONS / 6 DEC 2022

Today, most of the marijuana consumed in the United States is produced domestically, changing the game in the international drug market.

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