Month: July 2021

These Traffickers Are Smuggling Legal Weed From the US Into Mexico

BAJA CALIFORNIA, Mexico — Wearing a cap, a beige T-shirt, and glasses, Jose* doesn't look like an international drug smuggler. But he is. Jose, who asked not to be identified by his real name, could be any early-30s millennial, dressed down to look more like a helpful clerk in a used bookstore than someone participating

Olympian Sentenced to 25 Years Jail Over Failed Cocaine Smuggling Plot

Former Olympic kayaker Nathan Baggaley has been jailed for 25 years for trying to smuggle up to $200 million AUD ($147 million USD) worth of cocaine into Australia in 2018. Two-time Olympic silver medalist Baggaley, 45, was arrested alongside his 39-year-old brother Dru after Dru and another man travelled hundreds of kilometres offshore from northern

This Could Finally Be the First Drug Safe-Injection Site in the US

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Painted in bland neutral tones and outfitted in IKEA basic, the modest office space that opened last week in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, is almost self-consciously boring. Curious visitors might even mistake it for a dentist’s office. That’s the idea. It’s a

Feeling Burned Out? Try Being Irresponsible For Once

Every Thursday since last September, some local grunge-beatnik revivalists have organized an outdoor open mic near my friend Sonya’s apartment. We’ve tried to go every week, so, naturally, we’ve only been like five times. For a while, we were just too “busy.” Sonya was finishing a social work master’s, and for about a year, I’d

Cartels Are Turning Mexico’s Indigenous Marathoners Into Drug Mules

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico — For Benito, a 28-year-old Raramuri, it was almost fated. A couple of weeks before he started training to win the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, a friend proposed an easier goal: to run only 20 miles carrying a “mochila,” a backpack full of weed or poppy—for 35,000 pesos (US $2,000). The marathon prize

Weed Farmers Are Building Tricked-Out Firefighting Rigs to Save Their Crops

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. When wildfire threatens the heart of California’s weed-growing “Emerald Triangle,” local grower Robert Steffano fires up “The Wookie.”  That’s not some new strain of cannabis. The Wookie is a 1990 BMY-Harsco Military M923A2 cargo truck that weighs more than 21,000 pounds. Steffano bought

Salmon Going Nuts at a Fish Farm Possibly High on Cocaine, Officials Say

Salmon frantically jumping around on a fish farm in Germany may have been on cocaine, according to a report released by German environmental officials.  Officials from the State Environmental Agency of North Rhine-Westphalia (also known as Lanuv) noticed the strange and erratic behavior from the Atlantic Salmon in June of 2020 while overseeing a species