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An illustration of HawkEye 360's first satellite constellation, called Pathfinder, orbiting Earth.

SpaceX is about to rocket a fleet of satellites into space that will hunt smugglers, pirates, and other ‘dark ships’

SpaceX is about to launch 71 satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket. Three of the spacecraft will help hunt down boats that don't want to be found.

32 offences may no longer warrant the death penalty in Malaysia – including murder, kidnapping, and making nuclear weapons

Instead of the death penalty, those convicted of offences including gun use, drug trafficking, and the creation of weapons of mass destruction will receive sentences of at least 30 years' jail.
The crew of the USS Zephyr puts out a fire on a low-profile go-fast drug vessel suspected of smuggling in the eastern Pacific Ocean, April 7, 2018.

The Coast Guard is catching more drug-running subs, but most ‘very stealthy’ narco subs are probably going undetected

The US Coast Guard and foreign authorities are capturing more "narco subs" that can haul multiton drug cargos, but even with that increase, drug smugglers may still be coming out ahead.

Malaysia’s abolishing the death penalty – and all inmates on death row could be spared

Offenders of crimes like drug trafficking, firearms possession, murder and terrorism could soon be spared the noose.
A US sniper team assigned to the Army's 7th Special Forces Group competes in an unknown-distance event in Colombia, July 26, 2014.

A Special Forces soldier accused of a multimillion-dollar drug-smuggling attempt is heading to trial, and he faces life in prison

The highly decorated Army master sergeant is accused of conspiring to bring 90 pounds of cocaine into the US, and if convicted, he wouldn't be the first US service member to get involved in the drug trade.
A suspected smuggling vessel that caught fire as US Coast Guard and Navy crews approached in the eastern Pacific, April 7, 2018.

Colombia’s cocaine production is at an all-time high, and the country’s navy keeps catching ‘narco subs’

The Colombian navy has more than tripled the number of "narco subs" it's caught this year, and with cocaine production thriving, they're likely to see more of the vessels plying the seas.
A joint special operations force, including soldiers from the 7th Special Forces Group, board an Osprey during an exercise at Eglin Range Complex, May 3, 2018.

A Special Forces soldier is being investigated for smuggling millions of dollars of drugs — and it may be part of a much bigger scheme

It's not unheard of for US military personnel to get involved in drug trafficking, and the latest serviceman to be implicated is a highly decorated special forces veteran of Afghanistan.
A screenshot from a video published by Trident Lakes shows the location of a proposed spa.

A doomsday shelter for the 1% is being investigated by the FBI as a possible front for a Colombian money laundering scheme

Trident Lakes, a doomsday getaway for the rich, is reportedly being investigated by the FBI as a possible front for a Colombian drug trafficking scheme. The buzzy Texas condo development promised hundreds of fortified, underground condos where the 1% could live out the apocalypse.
An Colombian antidrug policeman escorts workers during an eradication operation at a coca-leaf plantation near San Miguel, in southern Putumayo province, August 15 2012.

In the world’s biggest cocaine producer, cultivation has hit an ‘all time high’ and the new president is vowing harsh measures that ...

The area being used to cultivate coca in Colombia grew 11% in 2017, according to the US government, and is driving cocaine use by Americans. "This is just not where we want cocaine production to be," a US official said.
Donald Trump with a sign supporting his plan to build a wall between the US and Mexico.

Mexican officials are ready to stop helping the US fight terrorism and drug trafficking to get back at Trump

Mexican senators are urging their government to consider cutting cooperation with the US on security matters in the wake of the family separations controversy. It's not the first time officials have made that request in response to Trump's policies.