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Mexican Secretary of Public Safety Genaro Garcia Luna, right, at a ceremony for the 71st anniversary of the General Santander police cadet school, in Bogota, Colombia, May 19, 2011.

The architect of Mexico’s war on cartels was just arrested in Texas and accused of drug trafficking and taking bribes

Genaro Garcia Luna, a former Mexican security official once considered "something of a wunderkind," was arrested by US federal agents on Monday.
An Afghan policeman destroys poppies in Kunar province, April 29, 2014.

The war on drugs in Afghanistan ‘has just been a total failure,’ the US’s top watchdog there says

After 18 years and billions of dollars spent fighting narcotics in Afghanistan, drug production is still hitting record levels.
US Coast Guard personnel aboard a "narco sub" stopped in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, October 23, 2019.

The Coast Guard seized 208 tons of cocaine last year and started this year with another narco sub bust

The amount of cocaine seized by the Coast Guard fell again during the 2019 fiscal year, but year ended with a major high-seas bust.
A Facebook group called #WeWantNaama has rallied over 1,700 supporters for Issachar.

Israel, Russia, and the US are in a diplomatic standoff over a 26-year-old woman smuggling 9 and a half grams of marijuana

Naama Issachar, 26, was sentenced to 7.5 years of prison in Moscow, and negotiating her release is part of a bigger diplomatic dispute.

Feds are combing through ‘voluminous’ evidence after seizing $1 billion worth of cocaine on a JPMorgan-owned ship this summer

Federal authorities are reviewing over 4,000 hours of audio and data from more than 50 devices, and 500 gigabytes of vessel information.
US Coast Guard boarding team members climb aboard a suspected smuggling vessel in September.

The Coast Guard busted another ‘narco sub’ carrying 12,000 pounds of cocaine

"Narco subs" have become increasingly popular with smugglers, as they can carry huge drug loads and are hard to detect.
US Coast Guard cutter Midgett crew members seized more than 2,100 pounds of cocaine from a low-profile go-fast vessel interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean, July 26, 2019.

The Coast Guard’s newest cutter busted 2,100 pounds of cocaine before it even got to home port for the first time

The Coast Guard has been hauling in record amounts of cocaine, and this was likely the first of many such busts for the cutter Midgett.
A man walks by the number 701, referring to the world billionaires ranking given to Guzman by Forbes in 2009, in the state of Sinaloa, February 15, 2019.

‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s family is starting fashion brands inspired by the jailed kingpin, and the US might not be able to do anythi...

With Guzmán's permission and clean records for the owners, Chapo-inspired fashion brands may be out of the reach of US authorities.
A worker with coca paste after drying it on a stove top at a small farm in Guayabero, in Colombia's Guaviare province.

Mexico’s cartels appear to be shaking up the cocaine trade

A change in what's being smuggled hints at a change in how Mexican criminal groups are doing business.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Koreans reportedly use crystal meth as casually as cigarettes and are shipping the drug to China

While meth is now technically illegal in North Korea, people still make it in their homes and smuggle it to China.