A report by the Open Society Justice Initiative calls for an international investigation of two massacres committed by drug gangs in the Mexican state of Coahuila on the U.S. border that left 450 people dead. The incidents illustrate what researchers say is a nationwide pattern of collusion between narco-cartels and corrupt authorities that has turned the U.S. closest southern neighbor into a killing ground.
While doctors are prescribing fewer opioids, criminal organizations have been capitalizing on the nation’s rising opioid dependency by producing and distributing an abundant supply of illicit and lethal drugs, says a new study by the American Action Forum.
Roman Valeryevich Seleznev (alias “Track2,” “Bulba” and “Ncux”) was sentenced by federal judges in the Northern District of Georgia and in the District of Nevada for his role in an online marketplace that traded in identity theft and credit card fraud. He pled guilty to racketeering and conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Fake medications have grown to a $431 billion market since 2000, affecting nearly two billion people worldwide, but governments have failed to address the dangers they pose to unwitting patients, according to a report in the Review of Business & Finance Studies.
A whistleblower’s unsuccessful attempts to prod an investigation of defective airline parts manufactured in China underlines charges by senior aviation specialists that federal air safety authorities and law enforcement are failing when it comes to tackling an emerging global threat from counterfeiters, according to a Crime Report investigation.
China is the world’s largest supplier of counterfeit pharmaceuticals and ingredients, and the source of 79% of all counterfeit drugs seized in the U.S. But enforcement-based solutions are complicated by the lack of cooperation from Beijing, according to a forthcoming paper in the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review.
U.S. policymakers have begun to focus on the security threats from Trinidad and Tobago, just off South America’s north coast. According to a new study, the island nation of 1.2 million is emerging as a narcotics shipping hub; and on a per capita basis, it has sent more foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria than anywhere else in the region.
President Rodrigo Duterte, whose deadly anti-drug campaign has faced intense international criticism, paused during a speech to tell a local police chief that it is his duty to “overcome the resistance” of any crime suspect. If he violently resists, Duterte said, “You are free to kill the idiots. That is my order to you.”
Some analysts are pushing for armed U.S. intervention in Mexico’s battle with drug traffickers to curb the opioid epidemic. But a security expert warns it would undercut more sensible strategies of decriminalization and treatment—and cost more lives.