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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.
A policeman patrols around a police station attacked by unknown assailants, in Ciudad Juarez, January 17, 2019.

The US has issued a security alert for a major border city in Mexico after a wave of attacks on police

After a series of attacks on police in Ciudad Juarez, the US Consulate General there issued an alert about violence the city, which borders El Paso.
A US Coast Guardsman in an interceptor boat launched from the Coast Guard cutter Steadfast pursues a suspected smuggling vessel as the suspected smugglers throw bales overboard during a high-speed chase in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, July 11, 2018.

Coast Guard crews are capturing record amounts of cocaine — here’s how they chase down high-seas smugglers

The Coast Guard seized over 1.3 million pounds of cocaine in the past three years, including a record 493,000 pounds in 2017. Here's how they do it.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Paulo Cheng, a maritime enforcement specialist and student of the Precision Marksmanship School, shoots at known distance targets with an M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System during the Precision Marksmanship Course at the Spartan Ranch Tactical Training Center in Maysville, July 26, 2018.

These photos show why the US Coast Guard’s snipers are some of the best in the business

The Coast Guard is on the front lines against high-seas drug traffickers, and the service's marksmen have plenty of chances to prove their mettle.
The crew of the Coast Guard cutter James stands behind bales of cocaine topped by punctured engine cowlings, during an offload in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, November 15, 2018.

The Coast Guard is catching record amounts of cocaine, and activity is growing around a smuggling hotspot

The Coast Guard is scouring the Pacific Ocean to stop traffickers, who are taking longer and longer routes to get their drugs to the US.
Mexican Public Security Minister Genaro Garcia Luna at a meeting with public-security secretaries in Mexico City, September 7, 2011.

More Mexican leaders are being implicated in the Sinaloa cartel’s dirty dealings during ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s trial

A week into the trial of alleged Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, more Mexican officials have been accused of taking bribes.
Bales of cocaine on display aboard the US Coast Guard cutter James, in front of the ship's crew and its helicopter, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, November 15, 2018.

Billions of dollars of cocaine are smuggled into the US by sea every year, and the Coast Guard says it can only stop one-quarter of it

The Coast Guard is in the Pacific trying to track down and stop drug traffickers, but there's a gap between what they can see and what they can stop.
Bales of cocaine on display aboard the US Coast Guard cutter James, in front of the ship's crew and its helicopter, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, November 15, 2018.

Drug cartels make billions in the US, but somebody else is doing the selling

Transnational criminal groups, many of them Mexican, oversee the smuggling of drugs to the US, but inside the US, they let other groups handle sales.
The Coast Guard cutter James interdicts a low-profile vessel in the eastern Pacific Ocean, October 22, 2018.

The Coast Guard’s ‘push-out-the-border strategy’ is fighting drugs in the Pacific — and it just brought home $500 million in c...

The Coast Guard and its partners are scouring the eastern Pacific, looking to bust big drug cargoes when they're most vulnerable.
Luke Joshua Cook, 34, and Kanyarat Wechapitak, 40, are pictured in an undated photo from the Royal Thai Police Department's Narcotics Suppression Bureau.

An Australian man and his Thai wife have been sentenced to death for trying to smuggle a half-ton of meth into Thailand

The couple were arrested at Bangkok's international airport in December last year over a plot to smuggle half a ton of crystal meth into Thailand.