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Mexico, China Are Key Nodes in Fentanyl Trade: DEA

Mexico, China Are Key Nodes in Fentanyl Trade: DEA

A new report from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) marks the agency’s most recent attempt to call attention to the problem of fentanyls, a category of drugs that authorities say is contributing to severe opioid abuse issues in the world’s largest drug market.

Mexico Pursues Top Drug Lords Amid Fragmented Criminal Landscape

Mexico Pursues Top Drug Lords Amid Fragmented Criminal Landscape

Authorities in Mexico continue to focus on hunting down the heads of the country's most prominent cartels, pursuing a kingpin strategy that will probably do little to cure a dire security situation given the the nation's increasingly fragmented organized crime landscape.

Peru Coca Cultivation Lowest in 15 Years: UN

Peru Coca Cultivation Lowest in 15 Years: UN

Coca cultivation continues to fall in Peru in response to unprecedented eradication efforts, but this progress is undermined by the government's failure to take control of the country's main coca hub, as well as soaring production in neighboring Colombia.

Bolivia, Uruguay Latest Countries to Propose Drug Law Reforms

Bolivia, Uruguay Latest Countries to Propose Drug Law Reforms

Bolivia and Uruguay are set to implement new legal frameworks for combatting drug trafficking, reflecting a regional pattern of governments reassessing their anti-drug policies.

Panama, Mexico Agree to Joint Crime Fighting Effort

Panama, Mexico Agree to Joint Crime Fighting Effort

Panama and Mexico signed a series of agreements during a regional security summit in Panama City, highlighting the push in Latin America to foster cooperation between nations in the struggle to combat organized crime.

Venezuela's Shoot-Down Policy Produces Mixed Results

Venezuela's Shoot-Down Policy Produces Mixed Results

A 2012 law that allows Venezuela’s air force to shoot down aircraft on suspicious flight paths reflects a policy that is being implemented at a high cost with few rewards and in clear contrast to the country's professed humanist values.

Will North American Leaders Stay the Wrong Course on Heroin?

Will North American Leaders Stay the Wrong Course on Heroin?

Mexico's heroin production was a central point in the recent summit of North American leaders, but the remedies under discussion show a remarkable unwillingness to learn from past mistakes.

After the lower house passed the controversial marijuana bill July 31, Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug, and provide a model for countries looking for alternatives to the world’s dominant drug policy paradigm.