Costa Rica takes down suspected drug trafficker ‘Macho Coca,’ on the DEA’s radar for years
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Costa Rica takes down suspected drug trafficker ‘Macho Coca,’ on the DEA’s radar for years

Álvaro Sánchez - October 8, 2015

LIMÓN – The name “Macho Coca” is well-known in Costa Rica’s Caribbean port city of Limón. His real surname is Bell, and for many years locals quietly…

After 23 years in prison, top assassin for Pablo Escobar is a ‘reformed’ man
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After 23 years in prison, top assassin for Pablo Escobar is a ‘reformed’ man

Álvaro J. Sánchez - September 11, 2015

“Amigo, I’m safe in my hideout where I can answer your questions calmly,” said John Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, alias “Popeye,” who used to work as a hit…

Duh: DEA finally admits marijuana is safer than heroin
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Duh: DEA finally admits marijuana is safer than heroin

Christopher Ingraham | The Washington Post - August 6, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It's official: the U.S. government's top drug cop has acknowledged that marijuana is less dangerous than heroin. At a meeting with reporters this week…

Drug traffickers who cooperate with the US government have it pretty good – too good, watchdog says
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Drug traffickers who cooperate with the US government have it pretty good – too good, watchdog says

Lisa Rein | The Washington Post - July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Drug traffickers who cooperate with U.S. federal investigators are poorly vetted, and the Drug Enforcement Administration did not properly monitor at least 240 informants…

Embattled DEA chief to resign following ‘sex parties’ scandal
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Embattled DEA chief to resign following ‘sex parties’ scandal

Ellen Nakashima | The Washington Post - April 21, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The head of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration is stepping down in mid-May, following revelations about "sex parties" involving prostitutes overseas and other…

US federal agents stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin during infamous ‘Silk Road’ probe
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US federal agents stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin during infamous ‘Silk Road’ probe

AFP - March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two undercover federal agents in the investigation of Bitcoin market Silk Road extorted and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of the virtual…

U.S. DEA agents had ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes hired by cartels
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U.S. DEA agents had ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes hired by cartels

Sari Horwitz | The Washington Post - March 26, 2015

WASHINGTON D.C. — Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents allegedly had "sex parties" with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels overseas over a period of several years, according…

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Suspected Colombian cartel leader secretly flown out of Costa Rica on DEA plane

David Boddiger - January 26, 2015

[caption id="attachment_56826" align="alignright" width="168"] The Tico Times[/caption] Suspected Colombian drug cartel leader Joel Jermain Branford was quietly extradited to the United States from Costa Rica last week, where…

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The undoing of Gary Webb and today’s news organizations

John McPhaul - October 29, 2014

[caption id="attachment_51256" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Screengrab from interview by School of Authentic Journalism in Merida, Mexico, 2002.[/caption] See also: Reviving the messenger: Gary Webb’s tale on film I haven’t…

4 suspects in historic cocaine seizure finally remanded to local authorities
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4 suspects in historic cocaine seizure finally remanded to local authorities

The Tico Times - July 15, 2014

After a month of delays, four suspects arrested in June as part of the largest cocaine seizure in Costa Rican history arrived at Juan Santamaría International Airport…