Lax oversight leaves FAA systems ripe for abuse

In a two-part series from The Boston Globe, the Spotlight Team focused on the Federal Aviation Administration, which is supposed to keep track of every American plane, pilot and airplane mechanic at its offices in Oklahoma City. But their record-keeping system allows so much secrecy and relies so heavily on self-reporting of crimes and other…

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How poor countries are used to feed rich countries

Eldiario.es uncovered how the world’s poor are used to feed rich nations. Reporters focused on the most popular crops in Europe, sugar, cacao, bananas, coffee and African palm in Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia and the Ivory Coast. The story covers tax evasion from Guatemalan sugar barons, Colombian farmers relying on the whims of speculation, the destruction of the Honduran environment from growing only African…

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License to launder: Cash, cops and the cartels

In “License to Launder,” the Miami Herald I-team gained rare access to confidential records of a money laundering sting carried out by two small Florida police agencies that took on the Latin American drug cartels. Posing as launderers, the officers brought in $55.6 million from drug organizations, while traveling across the country on first-class flights…

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Mexican cartels shipping, selling heroin in Minnesota

Deangelo Curtis measured his life’s work in kilos and ounces, and the year he turned 27, the scales were turning in his favor. The young St. Paul gangster sat atop a multimillion-dollar heroin boom sweeping Minnesota — the point man for an international drug cartel that linked the poppy fields of Mexico with the streets…

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Mexican drug cartel activity in U.S. said to be exaggerated in widely cited federal report

“The number (of U.S. cities in which Mexican drug cartels are operating), widely reported by news organizations across the country, is misleading at best, according to U.S. law enforcement officials and drug policy analysts interviewed by The Washington Post. They said the number is inflated because it relied heavily on self-reporting by law enforcement agencies,…

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Drug cartels in Oregon: Violence in the Northwest

In a nine-month investigation, The Oregonian has learned that Mexican cartels, including the powerful Sinaloa and the brutal Los Zetas, have infiltrated almost every corner of Oregon. At last count, authorities were aware of no fewer than 69 drug trafficking organizations selling drugs in the state, nearly all supplied by cartels.