Justin Barnes

27 Added | 2 Magazines | 37 Likes | 2 Following | 1 Follower | @JustinBarnes | Keep up with Justin Barnes on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Justin Barnes”

The man who cleaned millions for Pablo Escobar

Robert Mazur led a double life as an undercover agent in the world's most infamous drug cartel. Now he has warnings for Australia.<p>For most US …

Corruption

Cemetery for drug cartel bosses has tombs with jacuzzis, air conditioning and even cable TV

An outrageously extravagant cemetery for drug cartel bosses has tombs with jacuzzis, air conditioning and even cable TV to entertain corpses.<p>The …

‘Death Squad’ hitman’s first murder

“It’s an ugly business,” the killer reasoned, “but it’s a business.”<p>Corona, a paid member of the Arellano-Félix Mexican cartel’s elite Death Squad, …

Crime

Pablo Escobar and 'El Chapo' Guzman: How 2 of the world's most powerful and dangerous drug lords compare

Since the late 1970s, two men have emerged as the most powerful and most dangerous drug lords in the world.<p>Pablo Escobar, a farmer's son from rural Colombia, and Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a product of Mexico's rugged Sierra Madre mountains, delivered immeasurable amounts of cocaine and other drugs …

Mexico

Double-Agent Cop Allegedly Sold Information to the Mexican Cartels

A top-ranking Mexican police official’s betrayal allegedly even got one informant tortured and killed.<p>As a top-ranking Mexican police official, Ivan …

Crime

2 high-profile jailbreaks have put the weakness of Mexico's prisons on vivid display

On March 17, suspected Mexican drug trafficker Juan Jose Esparragoza Monzon busted out of a prison in northwest Mexico, accompanied by four other men.<p>Monzon is the son of Juan Jose Esparragoza Moreno, the most reclusive member of the Sinaloa cartel's triumvirate of chieftains, alongside the jailed …

Mexico

Trump vs. the Cartels: Whose Team is He On?

As the Drug War death toll in Mexico soars, and cartel infiltration spreads in the U.S., what is the president really going to do about all those …

U.S. Border Patrol

'I don't give a damn who you are': The roadside showdown that made a Mexican kingpin a marked man

In summer 1999, Salvador "El Chava" Gomez, who had helped guide the Gulf cartel to the top of Mexico's narco hierarchy, was gunned down, reportedly on the orders of his long-time friend and partner, Osiel Cardenas Guillen.<p>The killing earned Cardenas the nickname, "El Mata Amigos," or "the friend …

Mexico

'El Chapo' Guzmán's legal fate has people in Mexico braced for bloody, 'unintended consequences'

In the months prior to Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's extradition in January, his impending absence from Mexico's cartel scene stirred fears that narco violence in the country could intensify with him gone.<p>Bloodshed in recent months seems to indicate his departure has been noted …

Mexico

The 3 kids and blustering dad who want to take over basketball

CHINO HILLS, Calif. — At 3:30 Friday afternoon, a few hundred people stood in line outside the Chino Hills High School gymnasium, some 50 miles east …

Pablo Escobar and 'El Chapo' Guzmán: How two of the world's most powerful and dangerous drug lords compare

Since the late 1970s, two men have emerged as the most powerful and most dangerous drug lords in the world.<p>Pablo Escobar, a farmer’s son from rural …

Mexico

Pablo Escobar and 'El Chapo' Guzmán: How 2 of the world's most powerful and dangerous drug lords compare

Since the late 1970s, two men have emerged as the most powerful and most dangerous drug lords in the world.<p>Pablo Escobar, a farmer's son from rural Colombia, and Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, a product of Mexico's rugged Sierra Madre mountains, delivered immeasurable amounts of cocaine and other drugs …

Mexico

The Rise and Fall of El Chapo

When Colombian cartels went into decline, Joaquin Guzman was in Mexico waiting to pick up the pieces<p>by DAVID GAGNE<p><i>This article originally appeared at</i> …

The Secret Witnesses Against El Chapo May Be Cartel Leaders

Colombian drug lords like ‘The Rabbit’ and ‘Lollipop’ may testify against the biggest narco of them all.<p>Colombian cartel leaders may be the key to …

Mexico

Mexican Cartel Boss Claims U.S. Border Agents Are In His Pocket

It is common knowledge that the most frequently crossed international boundary on the planet is a huge, smuggling free-for-all. Despite the …

What Happens When Cartels Play Robin Hood? Nothing Good.

In a country that’s been playing Cops and Robbers for years, everyone has been waiting for the game to end. But it’s hard to remember which team …

Mexico

El Chapo and the Secret History of the Heroin Crisis

<i>If you wonder why America is in the grips of a heroin epidemic that kills two hundred people a week, take a hard look at the legalization of pot, which destroyed the profits of the Mexican cartels. How did they respond to a major loss in revenue? Like any company, they created an irresistible new</i> …

Mexico

Why is a Cartel Kingpin Getting Early Release in the U.S.?

El Güero Palma was El Chapo’s partner in a gruesome drug war and relentless vendetta. It’s not over, and when he’s freed, he could be a dead man …

Mexico

Meet The Man Who Runs The Sinaloa Cartel... With Or Without 'El Chapo'

Unlike "El Chapo," Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada hasn't spent years in prison.<p>He was born in the countryside of the Mexican state of Sinaloa, entered the drug trade as a teenager and presides over what many believe is the hemisphere's largest drug trafficking operation. But unlike recently recaptured …

The world's most wanted drug lords

Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, the world's most wanted drug lord, was captured on January 8 in his home state of Sinaloa, known as the "cradle of Mexican drug trafficking" because of the large number of infamous narcos born there.<p>Now that he's back behind bars, six months after he escaped, the Drug …

Mexico

Diply

Diply is a leading social entertainment publisher that creates captivating content for millennials. We are a ComScore Top 10 Lifestyle property with …

How the DEA's successful takedown of a drug cartel shows the drug war's real failure

Even when the war on drugs succeeds, it fails.<p>ProPublica has a fascinating piece, by David Epstein, about the Drug Enforcement Administration's largely successful efforts to dismantle the Tijuana Cartel in Mexico from the 1990s to the 2000s. Although the DEA and Mexican officials managed to catch …

Terrorism, Drug Trafficking, and ISIS: When Wicked Worlds Collide

For all the headlines and fear they generate, ISIS isn’t anything new. We’ve seen this before—and much closer to home, writes Don Winslow, …

Terrorism

10 facts reveal the absurdity of Pablo Escobar's wealth

Despite his humble origins, Pablo Escobar became the leader of the Medellín cartel, which was responsible for 80% of the global cocaine market.<p>"El Patron" brought in an estimated $420 million a week in revenue, making him one of the wealthiest drug lords ever.<p>While verifying Escobar's wealth is …

South America