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Zoran Jaksić’s Last Hurrah in Peru

Zoran Jaksić’s Last Hurrah in Peru

The world got a little smaller on July 17, 2016. That evening, television news reports in Peru and in Serbia were covering the very same story: A global drug trafficker who had switched among 40 identities to escape justice for years had finally been caught. The footage of the arrest in northern Peru was dramatic....

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A Broken Operation in Venice Exposed Group America’s Slovakian Connection

A Broken Operation in Venice Exposed Group America’s Slovakian Connection

On the night of April 6, 2009, Mladen Miljanić and Braim Sinani were on the road, driving an Opel Astra across the plains of northern Italy from Milan to Venice. The two men were visiting from Slovakia, but they weren’t tourists — as police wiretaps of their conversations would later prove. In the car, Miljanić...

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How Group America’s Money Feeds the Balkan Economy

How Group America’s Money Feeds the Balkan Economy

What do drug traffickers do with the mountains of cash they make supplying Europe’s cocaine habit? For members of Group America, the answer is easy: Spend it on Zlatibor, a mountain resort in southwestern Serbia. Though global in scope, the international cocaine smuggling operation has both roots and friends in Serbia. It’s only natural that...

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My Day With a Narco-Baron Behind Bars

My Day With a Narco-Baron Behind Bars

LIMA, Peru (August 16, 2017) – Standing in front of tall metal doors wrapped in razor wire in the dusty outskirts of Lima, Peru, my colleague Stevan Dojčinović and I realize this might not be such a great idea. I’m about to pose as a prostitute to sneak into the maximum-security Miguel Castro Castro prison....

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The Hardest-Working Drug Gang You’ve Never Heard of

The Hardest-Working Drug Gang You’ve Never Heard of

On a cold winter day in Gdansk, Zoran Jakšić scrambled to fix a problem not of his making. The second-in-command of Group America, a major international narcotics trafficking organization, was in Poland to prepare for a drug delivery. But at 12:42 p.m. on January 28, 2009, Jakšić received a troubling call from an associate called...