City of Miami Police officer Jose Maldonado-Dick might have misunderstood the "protect and serve" part of his job description, because he's been arrested for offering to protect and serve drug traffickers. A seven-year veteran of the force, Maldonado-Dick approached a drug dealer back in July and ... More >>
The U.S. Coast Guard recently unveiled some new high-tech, high-speed boats and already they're showing spoils. The coast guard cutters Charles Sexton and Paul Clark last week intercepted two drug smuggling boats in the Caribbean and seized about $3 million worth of pot and cocaine. The drugs will b ... More >>
The U.S. Coast Guard unloaded roughly $110 million worth of cocaine in Miami Beach this morning, which actually carried a rough street value of about $330 million. The more than 3,300 kilos of llello were interdicted during two separate incidents as part of the Coast Guard's Operation Martillo, an o ... More >>
He called himself "BTCKing." Marking one of the first major busts in the nascent currency's history, the feds arrested Robert Faiella Monday afternoon at his Cape Coral home and accused him of selling more than $1 million in Bitcoins to drug traffickers through the black market website Silk Road. ... More >>
Terri Wright will forever regret granting an exclusive interview to Chris Sweeney, a former New Times staff writer who wrote about her questionable conduct as a jury forewoman during the 2011 drug trafficking and gun trial of reggae megastar Buju Banton. Earlier today, Tampa federal judge James S. M ... More >>
The authorities are onto your old cocaine-stuffed-into-coconuts routine. Your drug subs have been getting busted by the Coast Guard at an alarming rate. Even disguising pounds of cocaine as a replica World Cup trophy didn't work out so well last time you tried. So if you're a Colombian cartel boss ... More >>
It takes a lot of balls to straight up pack your luggage full of nothing but cocaine. For an unknown drug trafficker that gamble didn't pay off.Federal customs agents at Miami International Airport uncovered 230 pounds of cocaine packed inside three suitcases yesterday.
Congratulations, cocaine smugglers. You've successfully moved the War on Drugs from island-hopping airplanes to Caribbean submarines to the most daring transportation method yet: Huge breast implants.A Panamanian woman flying out of Bogota, Colombia has been arrested in Spain after cops became suspi ... More >>
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What can $7.3 million buy you nowadays? How about 459 pounds of cocaine?That was the amount seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on May 29 at the Miami Seaport. CBP officers discovered 169 bricks of coke in eight cardboard boxes in a shipping container. The container came off a ship that had ... More >>
Harry Agustin Duncan Maslivar, the winner of the male beauty pageant title of Mr. Panama 2004, looks pretty good in black and white stripped swim trunks. He probably won't looks quite as good in black and white stripped prison garb though. That's what he's facing after being popped for trying to ... More >>
ToppsPossible boxing Hall of Famer Ivan Calderon is wrapped up in a massive coke bustFive suspected narcotraffickers from the Dominican Republic are en route to the Miami Federal Detention Center for allegedly smuggling cocaine across the Caribbean.In a strange twist, their arrest seems connected to ... More >>
Arthur Balom, an Opa-locka police captain, has been arrested on allegations he helped protect a South Florida drug ring and had knowledge of the murder of a Brinks armed truck guard that happened last year. The arrest was part of an FBI investigation. Three other men, members of the drug ring, were ... More >>
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will keep your drugs from you, apparently. Drug traffickers are increasingly using U.S. Mail and commercial carriers such as FedEx to ship drugs out of the country. In fact, in Florida alone the amount of cocaine and marijuana being intercepted i ... More >>
Despite a triumphant concert in Miami and a Grammy win within the last few months, Buju Banton's dark days are not behind him. After an initial trial on drug charges was declared a mistrial, Banton has been found guilty of conspiring to set up a Florida cocaine deal back in 2009.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly seemed to have a lot of strange things on his mind leading up to the Sun Bowl. Things like nude beaches and Mexican drug lords. Ok, well maybe that last thing wasn't so strange. The Fighting Irish will be renewing their famous rivalry with the Miami Hurricane ... More >>
First year Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly really does seem to have a lot of odd things on his mind in the run up to the Sun Bowl, which will see his team reignite its historical rivalry with the Miami Hurricanes. First, he was just glad that El Paso, Texas, doesn't have nude beaches like the bastio ... More >>
It's already been a busy week for the drug that made Miami -- or at least for the feds' perpetual war on the white stuff. First, the DEA arrested 10 people, mostly from Miami and Hialeah, and charged them with organizing a ring shuttling coke from Juarez to South Florida.Then came word that a muc ... More >>
Andres Escobar, murdered for a World Cup mistake.The U was a raucous look at the fabled '80s-era Miami Hurricanes football team, and Run Ricky Run made us wholly reconsider the Dolphins' enigmatic superstar running back. Silly Little Game was a hilarious chronicling of the group of baseball-adori ... More >>
The extradition saga of Jamaican druglord Christopher "Dudus" Coke, leader of the ultra-violent South Florida-connected Shower Posse, has become yet more bloody today. The Associated Press is reporting that at least 30 people have been killed in gunfights between bandits, soldiers, and cops in th ... More >>
Wachovia bank executives have admitted that the banking giant laundered millions of dollars for Mexican drug lords between 2003 and 2008, prosecutors announced in Miami this afternoon. DEA photo via Wikimedia CommonsThe bank has promised to pay $160 million in fines and penalties and to set ... More >>
The Miami Heat superstar sure picked a dubious business partner.
We're pretty sure the guy in the hoodie is a Count. Ten days ago, Riptide broke the story that Dwyane Wade had filed a $100 million libel suit against former business partner and current nemesis Baron Richard von Houtman. The reason: a series of inflammatory emails sent to Miami Heat coac ... More >>
The trail of a $6 million art heist in France ends in suburban South Florida.
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It’s unclear whether Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez declined the invitation or if it was rescinded, but at last night’s NAACP meeting at the Joseph Caleb Center, the man was not there. The uproar of last month’s meeting, which featured a defiant Roosevelt Bradley protesting the forced ... More >>
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It alters perceptions and skews the ability to tell right from wrong. Ultimately, it results in a dysfunctional society. But it's not a drug. It's the War on Drugs.