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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.
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.
More and more drugs are getting moved through ocean containers.

Trump’s border crackdown has forced drug smugglers off-shore as they stuff ocean freighters with cocaine

It's getting tougher to move drugs through land ports as President Donald Trump leads a crackdown on the southern border. Enter ocean freighters.
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.
Suspected Mexican drug trafficker Vicente Zambada Niebla is presented to the media in Mexico City March 19, 2009.

16 of the most shocking twists and turns of El Chapo’s drug-trafficking trial

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found guilty on all 17 counts of an indictment that included drug-trafficking, conspiracy, and use-of-firearms charges.
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.