U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

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    March 3, 2011

    Rene Sanabria, Bolivia's Former Top Drug Cop, Accused of Smuggling Cocaine to Miami

    via PlusBoliviaRene Sanabria helped smuggle 220 lbs of cocaine into Miami.​From top drug cop to accused cocaine smuggler. That's the story of Retired Gen. Rene Sanabria. From 2007 to 2008 he ran Bolivia's anti-narcotics police, and since 2009 has been a top adviser to Evo Morales' Interior Minist ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Lil Wayne Detained by DEA Agents at Opa-Locka Airport

    ​Part-time Miami resident Lil Wayne didn't exactly get the warmest homecoming when he flew into Opa-Locka Airport earlier this week. According to MTV, the rapper was detained by Drug Enforcement Agency agents as his plane was searched.

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    February 10, 2011
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    September 21, 2010

    Today In Cocaine: Ten Busted in Juarez-to-Miami Ring, Colombian Coke Lord Due In Federal Court

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    This Weekend In Cocaine: Gigantic Narco-Sub, World Cup Made of Coke Seized By Cops

    via DEAA 100-foot narco-sub packed with coke, anyone?​Amidst all the fireworks, Budweiser and drunken yells of "America, fuck yeah!" this weekend, our Independence Day festivities turned out to be a busy couple days for the drug that built Miami.Not only did Colombian cops seize a full-size, gold ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Massive Police Sting Nets 2,369 Pounds of Pot Worth $9.4 Million

    A massive sting on Wednesday uncovered 49 hydroponic labs in Miami-Dade and put 42 people behind bars. The pot is believed to have a street value of $9.2 million. Police also found 11 grams of cocaine, 40 grams of processed marijuana, 126 Oxycontin pills, an Audi, and $9,562 in cash.The sting, known ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Southwest Miami Pot Grow House Goes Up in Smoke, Second in a Month

    ​Don't you just hate it when your grow house gets discovered by firemen putting out a blaze in your home. Jorge Guzman and Yvette Garcia are the latest homeowners who suffered such a fate. According to property records, they own the house at 24644 SW 114th Court which was the scene of a house ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010
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    March 17, 2010

    Wachovia Admits It Laundered Millions in Mexican Drug Cash

    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 Commons​The bank has promised to pay $160 million in fines and penalties and to set ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Ponzi Schemer Alan Stanford Sounds More and More Like Bill Brasky

    You remember Bill Brasky, right? The guy whose friends are always hooking up in SNL skits to drink scotch and talk about the manly, insane stuff he does? via Liz Lomax 3D Illustrations for Texas MonthlyLike: "He used to shoot whiskey in his neck with a syringe." And, "We once had a bachelor p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Did the Miami Herald Ignore Warnings Six Years Ago About Stanford Ponzi Scheme?

    As we wrote last month, there weren't any shortages of warning signs that something was fishy at Stanford International. A number of regulators had ample opportunities to expose Stanford's fraud, from the SEC (which ignored several employee whistleblowers) to the DEA to Congress. via Liz Lomax 3D Il ... More >>

  • News

    April 23, 2009

    Jurors Gone Wild

    The feds slink away from a flubbed Internet pharmacy case.

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    August 25, 2008
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    June 19, 2008

    Black Tuna Gang Leader Gets Out of Jail

    Robert Platshorn was the first big bust of the War on Drugs. Almost 30 years later, he's free and talking.

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    November 8, 2007

    Marijuana Goes Upstate

    Florida moves into the number two spot when it comes to grow houses

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    October 26, 2006

    Freedom for Sale, Part 2

    The federal probe wilts and prosecutors drop the case

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    October 19, 2006

    Freedom for Sale, Part 1

    A lawyer offered convicts reduced sentences for a price

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    October 19, 2006

    Mock Trial

    Miamis immigration judges are not interested in your problems

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    October 13, 2005

    Miami: See It Like a Drug Dealer

    During Miami's cocaine heyday in the Eighties, weird and interesting and scary things happened all over town all the time. Our coke map of Miami is by necessity incomplete, but even selected highlights make the point: Blow knew no neighborhood boundaries.

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    October 6, 2005

    Glorious and Notorious

    Casablanca had Rick's, Vegas had the Stardust, Miami's cocaine jazz age had the decadent Mutiny Hotel

  • Music

    September 29, 2005


    A.W.O.L (Quiet $$/Fastlife Music)

  • Culture

    August 25, 2005

    A Family Affair

    Four decades on and the Rubells are still at it

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    August 11, 2005

    Forever Missing Part 2

    Donna Weaver hoped to get help from the FBI in finding her husband. Instead she got crooked agents working with violent drug dealers

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    September 23, 2004

    Contra Campaign

    John Kerry once took a shot at Miami's Felix Rodriguez for his part in the Iran-contra scandal. Now the Bush family friend is shooting back.

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    November 6, 2003

    Can't Fight a War Without Money

    And in the drug war, the money sometimes ends up in strange places

  • Music

    October 16, 2003

    Here Today, Gone Today

    Who cares if Space 34 is closing? Do you?

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    October 24, 2002

    The Preppie Pot Papers

    J. Crew models? Or young Cuban dope dealers?

  • Film

    January 11, 2001

    American High

    With Traffic Steven Soderbergh takes on the unwinnable war

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    November 16, 2000

    The Other E-Commerce

    Ecstasy hysteria flourishes in Florida

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    November 4, 1999

    Deadly Cargo

    Big payoffs. Gruesome murders. Nosy feds. Life as a cargo handler at MIA just ain't what it used to be.

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    September 30, 1999

    Holy Rollers

    To keep X-craved Miami Beach raving, Hasidic teenagers smuggled in pills by the hundreds of thousands

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    February 25, 1999

    In Pursuit of Willy and Sal

    When infamous drug smugglers Falcon and Magluta won the first round, prosecutors vowed revenge. This time it's personal.

  • News

    April 23, 1998

    Our Hero the Drug Dealer

    The feds call Rickey Brownlee one of South Florida's biggest narco-traffickers. His friends and neighbors in Opa-locka call him a valiant victim.

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    July 24, 1997
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    December 19, 1996

    Bud Men

    Despite the risks, local pot farmers have taken homegrown high-tech

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    July 4, 1996
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    April 11, 1996

    Crime & Nourishment

    In Miami breaking bread has become an intricate part of breaking the law

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    February 29, 1996

    The Impossible Victory

    The feds spent years building their case against drug kingpins Willy Falc centsn and Sal Maglutaa. Life in prison was assured. Too bad the jury didn't see it that way.

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    February 22, 1996

    Bahama Trauma

    Miami kayaker Miguel Hernandez was having the time of his life on a solo voyage to Cuba -- until a multinational team of drug cops crashed the party

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    December 14, 1995

    The Trial of Willy & Sal

    Smuggling coke by the ton and making money by the bushel. Getting tortured in Panama and eating smoked pork loin in Houston. The courtroom show is riveting, but like Al says, where's the justice?

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    August 31, 1995

    UpAgainst the Wall, Sparkplug-head!

    Either the feds mistakenly raided their auto parts shop, or the Senorans family has been sniffing too much Armor-All

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    April 27, 1995

    Heroin Be the Death of Me

    South Beach nightlife sophisticates know they can handle it. A little puff now and then won't kill you. No big deal.

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    May 11, 1994

    The Need for Weed

    It's a unique source of fiber, a natural painkiller, a valuable fuel source. So when Jack Herer talks about legalization, there's a method to his reefer madness.

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    November 10, 1993

    The Further Adventures of Willy and Sal

    Being thrown in jail was supposed to bring down the curtain on Miami drug lords Willy Falc and Sal Magluta. But there was an encore: Death threats, clandestine cameras, illegal searches, and major security violations.

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    July 14, 1993

    Down Town

    The sedative Rohypnol is illegal in the United States. Which probably goes a long way toward explaining why it's so easy to find in Miami.

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    June 30, 1993

    The Conner Conspiracy

    He was an aviation classic: independent, stubborn, savvy. And he was convinced powerful forces were out to ruin him. Did that include government informants and federal agents? Gus Conner will never know.

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    April 14, 1993


    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.

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    September 30, 1992

    What A Differencea Year Makes

    With an immunity deal secured through 1986, coke broker Tommie Sikes sang like a canary. Make that "secured through 1985." Oops!

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    February 12, 1992
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    February 27, 1991
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