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US Threatens to Brand Colombia Not Compliant on Anti-Drug Efforts

US Threatens to Brand Colombia Not Compliant on Anti-Drug Efforts

In an annual designation of major drug trafficking and producing nations, US President Donald Trump broke with decades of precedent by calling out the anti-narcotics efforts of Colombia, potentially complicating cooperation with one of the United States' closest anti-drug allies in Latin America.

Bolivia, Peru Cocaine Figures Show Colombia Driving Andean Boom

Bolivia, Peru Cocaine Figures Show Colombia Driving Andean Boom

Newly released data on coca cultivation and cocaine production in Bolivia and Peru shows little significant change from last year, reinforcing the notion that booming production in Colombia is the primary factor driving an increase in the amount of the drug on the world market. 

Paraguay Politician Arrested in Bolivia With 5 Tons of Marijuana

Paraguay Politician Arrested in Bolivia With 5 Tons of Marijuana

A Paraguayan politician was arrested during Bolivia's biggest marijuana seizure this year, highlighting how deeply involved Paraguay's officials have become in the highly profitable transnational drug trade.

Bolivia Defense of Legal Coca Cultivation Likely to Boost Cocaine Trade

Bolivia Defense of Legal Coca Cultivation Likely to Boost Cocaine Trade

President Evo Morales of Bolivia has again defended his administration's plans to expand legal coca cultivation, a move that aims to please some of his biggest political supporters ahead of a reelection bid even though it may increase cocaine trafficking in the country.

Too Little Too Late? Bolivia, Brazil to Boost Efforts Against Criminal Migration

Too Little Too Late? Bolivia, Brazil to Boost Efforts Against Criminal Migration

Authorities in Bolivia and Brazil will enter into a bilateral agreement later this month aimed at combating the expansion of Brazilian criminal groups into Bolivia, but the move might prove to be a tardy and ultimately insufficient response to this phenomenon.

Bolivia Coca Cultivation Grows for First Time in 6 Years: UNODC

Bolivia Coca Cultivation Grows for First Time in 6 Years: UNODC

A United Nations monitoring program reported a rise in coca cultivation in Bolivia in 2016 after five successive years of decline, but this reversal in past trends could be short-lived.

Brazil Crime Groups Share Territorial Control in Bolivia: Minister

Brazil Crime Groups Share Territorial Control in Bolivia: Minister

Recent attacks in Bolivia attributed to Brazil's main criminal groups have led Bolivia's interior minister to believe that these organziations have divided territorial control of the Andean country among themselves. This seems to be yet further evidence of Brazilian criminal groups' continued international expansion.

As Evo wins another five years in power, he faces the reality that his country is turning into a center for drug trafficking in South America. Can he stop transnational organized crime taking root?