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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.

Brazil's Biggest Gang Sets Sights on Regional Expansion

Brazil's Biggest Gang Sets Sights on Regional Expansion

A slew of recent reports indicates Brazil's PCC is stepping up its criminal activities in countries throughout South America, which one expert says is a clear sign that the fearsome prison gang is looking to become the region's most powerful drug trafficking organization.  

What Can Bolivia Teach Post-Conflict Colombia about Coca Reduction?

What Can Bolivia Teach Post-Conflict Colombia about Coca Reduction?

A new report by an advocacy group based in Bolivia details how the Andean nation's failed experiences with forced coca eradication can be used as a lesson for Colombia, which is witnessing a surge in cocaine production amid the implementation of a peace deal with the FARC rebel group.  

Arrests Suggest Brazilian Gangs Are Deepening Presence in Bolivia

Arrests Suggest Brazilian Gangs Are Deepening Presence in Bolivia

Recent actions carried out in Bolivia by Brazil's two most powerful prison gangs indicate these groups are looking to deepen their presence in the Andean nation as part of a wider struggle to gain control of the regional drug trade. 

Bolivia Minister Sticks to Party Line on Foreign Cartel Presence

Bolivia Minister Sticks to Party Line on Foreign Cartel Presence

Bolivia's interior minister said emissaries of Brazilian and Colombian drug trafficking groups are operating within the Andean nation, but the scope of foreign participation in the country's drug trade could be greater than the minister admits. 

French Video Game Brings Narco-Culture to Virtual World

French Video Game Brings Narco-Culture to Virtual World

A French company is set to release a video game in which Bolivia is portrayed as a narco-state infiltrated by Mexican cartels, an illustration of the expanding number of entertainment products hitting the market that are based on popular depictions of drug trafficking.

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?