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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.
Archaeologists found a 1,000-year-old shamanic pouch in a cave in southwestern Bolivia.

Archaeologists found a 1,000-year-old shaman’s pouch in the Andes. It contained multiple hallucinogenic drugs, including cocaine.

In a cave high in the Bolivian highlands, archaeologists found a 1,000-year-old shamanic pouch filled with cocaine and other hallucinogenic drugs.
Gammarus roeseli is a type of freshwater shrimp found in European rivers like the Czech Republic's Morava river.

Cocaine has been found in some European shrimp, and it’s part of a disturbing trend of drug-filled shellfish

Shrimp in five UK rivers have tested positive for trace amounts of cocaine. This is just one example of drug-filled shellfish around the world.
Venezuela's drug trafficking business is so lucrative that courier planes are burned after one use.

Venezuela’s booming drugs trade is so lucrative that traffickers reportedly burn smuggling planes after using them just once

Venezuela's military and political elites are reportedly profiting off the drug trade while the rest of the country battles a humanitarian crisis.
At least half a ton of cocaine was hidden among bananas that were sent to northern German supermarkets this week.

$28 million worth of cocaine was hidden in banana crates sent to Germany, and nobody noticed until they reached supermarkets

Employees in six Aldi supermarkets and a warehouse in northern Germany found a total of half a ton of cocaine hidden among bananas this week.
A police officer guards packages of seized cocaine in Panama City in 2016.

Army war hero pleads guilty to trying to smuggle over $1 million of cocaine into the US hidden in gutted punching bags on a military aircraft

X-rays at the US Embassy in Bogota revealed the drugs in gutted punching bags. Master Sgt. Daniel Gould could face 10 years to life on each charge.

The 5 most addictive substances on the planet, ranked

To compare addictive drugs, scientists averaged 3 factors: physical harm, dependency or addiction, and social harm. Here are the top in the dependency category.
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.
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.