Drugs

Chasing Escobar

Sep 9, 2017 By Cat Cardenas

Javier Peña, as a character, was popularized through the Netflix series 'Narcos.' But the story of the real Peña—who lives in San Antonio—and his quest to end the reign of Pablo Escobar is bigger than a screen.

War Without End

May 9, 2014 By William Martin

For many military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, their only relief comes from a drug that is illegal in Texas: marijuana. Can a growing band of cannabis advocates persuade our legislators to change that?

Does It Matter How Much Marijuana NFL Players Smoke?

Nov 13, 2013 By Dan Solomon

Former Cowboys receiver Sam Hurd was arrested after attempting to set himself up as a Chicago drug lord—while he was drawing a veteran's salary from the Bears—and this week he revealed to Sports Illustrated how many of his former teammates in Dallas he sold "the loudest weed in California" to. How big of a problem are pot-smoking NFL players?

The Free Texican Air Force

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

Already running gunboats on the Rio Grande, the Texas Department of Public Safety has now purchased a manned spy plane to police the border.

Numerous Scandals Rock El Paso Area

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

A county commissioner was accused of distributing 110 pounds of marijuana, a tenured UTEP professor violated university policies, a suburban mayor dined at Hooters with city money, and mayoral candidate got a lap dance in his campaign office.

Anatomy of a Drug Cartel

Jan 21, 2013 By Helen Thorpe

The cocaine goes north. The money goes south. And Mexican kingpins like Juan García Abrego laugh all the way to the bank—a Texas bank, that is.

Sniffing

Jan 20, 2013 By Stephen Harrigan

A visit to San Antonio’­s underground city, looking for kids with a can of paint and a nose for thrills.

A Long, Strange Trip

Dec 1, 2001 By Michael Hall

The life of Roky Erickson——one of the most influential Texas rock and rollers of all time——has been one calamity after another. His family and friends have taken care of him with the best of intentions, but you know what they say about the road to hell.

Free Greg Ott!

Jul 31, 2000 By Gary Cartwright

Twenty-two years ago a Texas Ranger was shot and killed during a drug raid on the home of Greg Ott, a philosophy graduate student. Even today, no one really knows what happened on that tragic night.

Teenage Wasteland

Jan 1, 1999 By Pamela Colloff

With its optimistically broad streets and oversized cantilevered homes, Plano is the suburban ideal taken to its extreme, and its exaggerated scale often gives rise to exaggerated problems. Heroin addiction is only the latest.

Arts and Wozencraft

Apr 1, 1998 By Jordan Mackay

Except for the time she spent as a police officer in Plano and Tyler—when she couldn’t get past the “emotional shutdown” required by the job—Kim Wozencraft has always been a writer. She kept a journal as a child, as a student at Richland College in Dallas, and later, during a…

The Needle and the Damage Done

Apr 1, 1998 By kimwozencraft

In 1979, as an undercover cop in Tyler, I got hooked on drugs. Nearly two decades later I’m clean, but the consequences of my addiction haunt me still.

Good Fella

Feb 1, 1997 By Gary Cartwright

Now that Joe Chagra is dead, it’s time to clear his name in the 1979 assassination of San Antonio federal judge John Wood.

Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll

Apr 30, 1996 By Joe Nick Patoski

When the double life of pioneering record producer Huey Meaux was exposed, it was time to face the music: How well did I really know the legend I once called my friend?

Rush to Justice

Jan 1, 1996 By Keith Kachtick

Kim Wozencraft meant to spend her life putting drug pushers behind bars—until she became an addict. Now, more than a decade later, she’s fighting against the justice system she once embraced.

Death of a Ranger

Jul 31, 1978 By Gary Cartwright

Bob Doherty was a Texas ranger who believed in the myth of the Old West; Greg Ott was a college dope dealer, a child of the sixties. When they met, it destroyed both their lives.