cocaine

How I tried – and spectacularly failed – to assist my mother’s suicide

9 February 2019 9:00 am

‘If your time ain’t come, not even a doctor can kill you’ — so goes the proverb that best echoes…

Diego Luna as Felix Gallardo in Netflix's latest series of Narcos. Photo: Carlos Somonte / Netflix

No, Narcos, those who’ve had the odd puff and cheeky line aren’t to blame for the drug wars

24 November 2018 9:00 am

Narcos is back on Netflix, set in Mexico this time, with a cool, world-weary, manly voiceover swearily lecturing us at…

Corruption, corruption, corruption: the full story of Miami vice

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Sullying the glorious sunshine, sand and sea, Miami in the 1940s, when I first ventured there, was already overcrowded, vulgar…

A top criminal lawyer’s guide to cocaine

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Drug-taking is less glamorous when you know how the trade really works

Pumped up and dangerous: going to war on drugs

21 May 2016 9:00 am

‘Of all civilisation’s occupational categories, that of soldier may be the most conducive to regular drug use.’ The problem with…

Big names and broken souls: storm clouds gather over Woodstock’s summer of love

26 March 2016 9:00 am

In 1963, when the bloom was still on the rose, Bob Dylan described Woodstock as a place where ‘we stop…

There’s one real way to stop gang crime: legalise drugs

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Brutal, needless stabbings on our city streets will never cease until drugs are legalised

My 2015 pharmacopoeia: ecstasy, decapepyl, abiraterone, tamsulosin, cocaine...

2 January 2016 9:00 am

For me, last year started with an appalling whitey outside a pub after swallowing a second ecstasy tablet because I…

Life in Rio’s most infamous favela — where you have to pay the cops to arrest criminals

19 September 2015 8:00 am

When Stefan Zweig first arrived in Rio de Janeiro in 1936, he was overwhelmed not only by the city’s magnificent…

Powder to the people: the new deal for the cocaine market

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Fierce competition is forcing drug dealers to adjust their sales methods

The war on drugs is stupid and counter-productive

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Rosalio Reta was 13 years old when recruited by a Mexican drug cartel. He was given a loyalty test —…

Portrait of the week

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Home George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, made it clear in a speech that he intended to cut £25 billion…

Spectator letters: Defending super-heads, and how to drink your yak's milk

4 January 2014 9:00 am

In defence of super-heads Sir: I would like to defend head teachers all over the country from the assertions made…

James Delingpole: In defence of cocaine

14 December 2013 9:00 am

‘Is anyone here even remotely shocked that Nigella Lawson has done cocaine?’ I asked. Everyone shook their heads. Well of…

Narcoland, by Anabel Hernandez - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

It is by now surely beyond doubt that those governments committed to fighting the war on drugs — and on…

Steerpike: Murdoch ruined Dave’s holiday

1 June 2013 9:00 am

  So did Dave enjoy his brief break in Ibiza? Not if Rupert Murdoch could help it. Rupe declared on Twitter that…