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DRUG POLICY / 22 JUN 2017

Opioid use accounts for the biggest negative health impact worldwide associated with drug consumption, according to the latest United Nations World Drug Report, a concerning trend as the opioid market…

HEROIN / 5 JUN 2017

Ohio is the latest US state to take legal action against manufacturers of prescription opioid painkillers. Attempts to strangle the legal supply of these drugs at home could reduce the…

HEROIN / 26 MAY 2017

The US Treasury Department has assigned a little-known heroin trafficking group based in Mexico to its "Kingpin" list, raising questions as to why US authorities are taking this step now and…

FENTANYL / 18 MAY 2017

Fentanyl seizures in Mexico are on the rise, prompting Mexico and the United States to pledge to boost bilateral efforts to combat the production and trafficking of the drug, which…

GUATEMALA / 15 MAY 2017

Guatemala has declared a state of emergency in a border area where two local communities employed by rival Mexican cartels are fighting over poppy cultivation, a local conflict that is…

HEROIN / 24 APR 2017

The United States has reportedly offered to help fund Mexico's eradication of opium poppy, raising questions about the efficacy of the supply-focused approach to drug control that both countries have…

HEROIN / 24 MAR 2017

A little-known drug trafficking group in Mexico called "Las Moicas" has not only successfully defended its foothold in the US heroin market for years against Mexico's most powerful cartels, but…

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 22 FEB 2017

In a number of ways, the Trump administration's plan to curb illegal immigration in the United States could facilitate the type of crime that it purports to stop.

HEROIN / 17 FEB 2017

Over the last ten years, US anti-narcotics agencies have witnessed a heroin epidemic that tripled the number of heroin addicts and caused more than 40,000 overdose deaths. The epidemic is the…

GAMECHANGERS / 13 JAN 2017

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 region.

HEROIN / 9 DEC 2016

Top executives of a US pharmaceutical company have been arrested for allegedly scheming to overprescribe the highly addictive opiate fentanyl, one of the main narcotics behind a national drug epidemic…

HEROIN / 18 NOV 2016

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 controversial prior work on behalf of an…

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Memo Fantasma Coverage Gets Worldwide Attention

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Guillermo Acevedo, the former Colombian drug lord and paramilitary commander better known as Memo Fantasma, may soon be allowed to leave prison. Since first revealing the identity of Memo Fantasma…

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Inside the criminal career of Memo Fantasma  In March 2020, InSight Crime revealed the identity and whereabouts of Memo Fantasma, a paramilitary commander and drug trafficker living in…