Inside the Cartel

For several years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration put the distribution side of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel under a microscope. This series describes the detailed picture that emerged of how the cartel moves drugs into Southern California and across the United States.

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How are drugs moved into Southern California and across the United States?

Over the course of two years, Times staff writer Richard Marosi reviewed hundreds of pages of records, including DEA investigative reports, probable-cause affidavits, and transcripts of court testimony and phone surveillance.

He also interviewed DEA agents, prosecutors and local law enforcement officers serving on DEA-led task forces, as well as two cartel operatives convicted in the investigation.

Story layout

“Inside the Cartel” was separated into four parts.

Each part was built using the same layout, with links to:

  • Index linking to each part in the story as it became available
  • Series of quick video explainers
  • Photo gallery
  • Audio slide show with Times photographer Don Bartletti
  • Cast of players
  • Primary documents used in the story

The four parts were rolled out over the course of four days. Testing sizes!

Day 1 | July 25, 2011
Day 2 | July 26, 2011
Day 3 | July 27, 2011
Day 4 | July 28, 2011

In the days following the release of all four parts of the story, the package was continuously promoted on the homepage as a module.

Similar promotions were placed on the Local and World sections of the site.

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