Gangs and Organized

Was the Sean Penn/El Chapo Rolling Stone interview a covert CIA/NSA/DEA operation?

The capture of Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, aka “El Chapo” or “Shorty” The world was shocked on January 8, 2016 when a humiliated Mexican government announced it had re-captured Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo, six months after his second escape from a high-security Mexican prison. His capture occurred during a violent three-hour battle near the seaside city of Los Mochis in his home state of Sinaloa. According to one witness who asked to remain anonymous: “’You could hear intense gunfire and a helicopter; it was fierce.” Five suspects were killed and six others arrested during the siege, yet another shocking revelation was in store. The day after the capture, Rolling Stone magazine published a related article – an exclusive clandestine interview with El Chapo conducted by popular American actor,

Human trafficking – one of the world’s fastest-growing crimes

Human Trafficking It's been over 140 years since the United States abolished slavery.  Prior to that, human beings were captured, often from foreign countries, and forcibly brought to the Sates where they would be used as a cheap source of labor.  Often the slaves were abused – both physically, sexually, and emotionally.  As civilization matured, the people began to recognize the atrocity of the practice and slowly, over time, slavery was deemed illegal in country after country.  Modern readers recognize enslaving someone against their will as shocking, appalling, and nearly beyond belief.  What many fail to recognize however, is that the practice of slavery never truly ended. "Mary" “Mary” was a newly married woman with a handsome husband and beautiful baby boy. Shortly after their marriage, her entire

Inside the Mexican drug cartels – how to live rich in a poor country

About the Mexican drug cartels Drug cartels, criminal organizations developed primarily for the purpose of promoting and controlling drug trafficking operations, have expanded into other criminal areas including arms dealing, prostitution, racketeering, extortion, assassinations, and human slavery. Whereas they once agreed to cooperate with each other in the production and distribution of drugs (i.e. a true cartel), they now war with each other on a regular basis in a battle that has cost an estimated 700,000 lives.  Their geographical boundaries, which once stopped at the Mexican border, have expanded into Africa, South America, Europe, and of course, into the lands of their nearest neighbor, the United States.  Their profits from their criminal business are enormous.  In the suburban town of Badiraguato, near the center of the

Russian Business Network

Introduction The Russian Business Network, or RBN, has been described as "the baddest of the bad".  Based in St. Petersburg Russia, it offers web hosting services and Internet access to all kinds of criminal organizations who conduct objectionable activities such as (but not limited to) spamming, child pornography, malware, software piracy vaults, phishing, and yes, identify theft.  More recently it has developed partner and affiliate marketing techniques in many countries to provide a method for organized crime to target victims internationally.  For as little as $600 per month, it will host any criminal organization willing to pay for the service and in return, offers them "bulletproof hosting".  Its global cybercrime activities are estimated by the US Treasury to be worth more than the global illegal drugs

MS-13 Gang – the most violent and dangerous gang in the U.S.

The Mara Salvatrucha 13 or "MS-13" gang The MS-13 gang, aka Mara Salvatrucha 13, is one of the most violent, dangerous gangs in the United States - and one of the most well-organized.  The MS-13 gang consist of cliques, or factions, located throughout the United States and is unique in that it retains is ties to its El Salvador counterparts.  With cliques in Washington DC, Oregon, Alaska, Arkansas, Texas, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, Illinois, Michigan, New York (large contingent in Long Island), Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Canada, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and several other South American countries, MS-13 is truly "international" - and the first gang to be categorized by the United States as an "organized crime" entity. How to recognize MS-13 gang members MS-13 Gang members sport numerous

Griselda Blanco – the Miami Godmother

During the 1970’s and early 80’s, the illegal drug trade in Miami took a profound change in direction, a change that directly impacted the city. As the rich “elite” of Miami spread the gospel of cocaine, the prices dropped and cocaine quickly took the lead as the drug of choice for most users in the United States. This lead to a “boom” in sales that resulted in an endless stream of money funneling into Miami. The amount of money involved and its impact on the city of Miami is often underestimated.  For instance, the construction of most of Miami’s high rise buildings was financed from the excess money as drug smugglers poured their money into legitimate businesses. One of the Miami smugglers was particular notable,

Nucky Johnson and Atlantic City

Introduction During the Roaring Twenties, Enoch Lewis "Nucky" Johnson was an Atlantic City, New Jersey political boss and racketeer from 1911 through 1941. His ingenious but ruthless tactics working the area bootlegging and prostitution rings along with help from some of prominent gangsters of the day, provided him unprecedented riches and made Atlantic City the pinnacle of tourist destinations. His life and times have been documented in the HBO Series, Boardwalk Empire. The Birth of Atlantic City In South Jersey, perched on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, existed a swath of island land that builders recognized as a prime development opportunity. Atlantic City was incorporated in 1854 and railroad service from Philadelphia was built to provide a lifeline to one of the largest metropolitan areas on the