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At an Atlanta jail, inmates aren’t allowed to receive letters with postage stamps — and it’s a security measure the guards can’...

At Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia, guards are constantly on alert for contraband material like drugs, weapons, and phones.
The letter "Z," referring to the Zeta cartel, painted on a hill next to a toll booth on a freeway between Monterrey and Torreon, in the Mexican state of Coahuila March 13, 2010.

Mexico took down a US citizen who rose to the upper ranks of the vicious Zetas cartel

"This is a very good hit. It's a good feather in the hat of Mexican justice."
President Donald Trump, next to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, at the US Customs and Border Protection's National Targeting Center in Sterling, Virginia, February 2, 2018.

Trump is keeping the pressure up on Mexico, but he ‘risks cutting off his nose to spite his face’

"These countries are not our friends," Trump said. "We think they’re our friends ... and they’re pouring drugs into our country and they’re laughing at us."
Officers of the National Intelligence and Security police (DIS) arrest alleged Honduran drug trafficker Wilter Blanco in San Jose, Costa Rica, November 22, 2016.

Drug traffickers are pushing deadly violence to record levels in a tranquil corner of Latin America

"Since 2012, we have seen an increase, and it's likely this curve will keep going up unless something extraordinary happens," a security official said.
An activist in mask holds a candle during a protest against a new security bill, the Internal Security Law, in Mexico City, December 13, 2017. The words on the mask read, "Law of security."

There’s a ‘double-edged sword’ hanging over Mexico’s decade-long war on drug cartels

A bill before the Mexican congress would enshrine the military's role in domestic law enforcement, and many inside and outside the country are alarmed.

Homicides have hit a new high in Mexico — but that’s not the only sign of growing insecurity

Crime has increased steadily in Mexico over the past few years, and the government has faced withering criticism over its inability to stop it.
A soldier shows the lancing of a poppy bulb to extract the sap, which is used to make opium, during a military operation to destroy a poppy field in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan in Guerrero, Mexico, April 18, 2017.

Mexican heroin is flooding the US, and the Sinaloa cartel is steering the flow

Mexico's Sinaloa cartel, despite internal turmoil and outside competition, has expanded its involvement in the heroin trade, feeding the US's opioid epidemic.

Opium production has set another record in Afghanistan — here’s where it increased the most

Despite increased eradication efforts, opium cultivation and production both hit record levels in the country this year.

The stench from an overcrowded morgue in one of Mexico’s most violent areas forced a government shutdown

A protest by about 60 workers over unsanitary conditions at the morgue shut the facility down for about three hours.
Mexican authorities found a homemade bazooka during a search in near the US-Mexico border in Sonora on November 9, 2017.

Mexican authorities found another ‘bazooka’ likely used to hurl drugs over the border

Mexican police have found two homemade bazookas near the US border since September 2016.