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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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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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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...