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Feds are combing through ‘voluminous’ evidence after seizing $1 billion worth of cocaine on a JPMorgan-owned ship this summer

Federal authorities are reviewing over 4,000 hours of audio and data from more than 50 devices, and 500 gigabytes of vessel information.
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.
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.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Koreans reportedly use crystal meth as casually as cigarettes and are shipping the drug to China

While meth is now technically illegal in North Korea, people still make it in their homes and smuggle it to China.
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.
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.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Paulo Cheng, a maritime enforcement specialist and student of the Precision Marksmanship School, shoots at known distance targets with an M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System during the Precision Marksmanship Course at the Spartan Ranch Tactical Training Center in Maysville, July 26, 2018.

These photos show why the US Coast Guard’s snipers are some of the best in the business

The Coast Guard is on the front lines against high-seas drug traffickers, and the service's marksmen have plenty of chances to prove their mettle.
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.