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Peru's Coca Substitution Program Stalls Before it Starts

Peru's Coca Substitution Program Stalls Before it Starts

Peru has yet to implement a crop substitution program that was slated to begin last year in the the country's most prolific coca-growing region known as the VRAEM, a reminder of the challenges facing both traditional and alternative strategies to reducing coca production. Read More

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Although violence in Peru has been relatively low since the end of its civil conflict in the late 1990s, the cocaine trade is on the rise in the country, which surpassed Colombia to become the world's largest producer of cocaine in 2011, according to some estimates. Profits from drug trafficking and illegal logging have fueled a small resurgence of the Shining Path, a Maoist guerrilla group that no longer poses a major threat to the stability of the Peruvian state, but which continues to attack security forces and foreign multinationals in the remote Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro River Valley (VRAEM) region of central Peru.

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  • Peru's Coca Substitution Program Stalls Before it Starts

    Harvested coca leaves in Peru

    Peru has yet to implement a crop substitution program that was slated to begin last year in the the country's most prolific coca-growing region known as the VRAEM, a reminder of the challenges facing both traditional and alternative strategies to reducing coca production.

  • Peru Shoots Down Narco Plane Heading to Bolivia

    Peruvian security forces with the shot down plane

    Police in Peru have shot down a drug plane in the notorious VRAEM region, in a move that signals the government’s return to a controversial shoot-down policy intended to impair illegal activity in one of the region’s most important drug trafficking hubs.

  • Peru Forgers Cashing in on Venezuela's Dollar Demand

    Peruvian police display counterfeit dollars

    Police in Peru have reported that seizures of counterfeit dollars in 2014 were twice as high as the previous year, a pattern likely driven by the demand for fake dollars in economically unstable countries such as Venezuela and Argentina.

  • Report Highlights Financial Cost of Insecurity in LatAm

    A new report on the financial cost of insecurity and criminality throughout the world highlights the vicious cycle of violence and economic trouble afflicting many countries, while also highlighting possible security trends in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Peru Targets Drug Flights With No-Fly Zone

    A captured drug plane in Peru

    Peru’s government has announced the creation of a no-fly zone in the coca producing VRAEM region, in an effort to curb drug flights in one of South America’s most important and unmonitored drug trafficking areas.

  • The Metrics of War: Peru’s Guerrilla Conflict

    A helicopter shot down in 2009 in the VRAEM

    IDL-Reporteros looks at the casualties suffered during Peru's guerrilla conflict in the so-called VRAEM region over a 30-year period, highlighting changing strategies, as well as successes and setbacks, in relation to the number of fallen soldiers and police.

  • How Corruption Feeds Land Trafficking in Latin America

    Land traffickers often rely on corruption

    Recent cases involving the illegal appropriation and sale of lands in Peru and Brazil highlight how lucrative land trafficking can be in Latin America, and how it is often facilitated by official corruption.

  • Latin America Organized Crime: What to Expect in 2015

    A member of the Barrio 18 gang

    Latin America is the most dangerous region in the world in terms of homicides and 2015 is unlikely to see any change in that. Below we list seven of the nations we believe are the most vulnerable to transnational organized crime in 2015.

  • The Trials of Drug 'Mules' in Chile's Northern Desert

    The Arica desert in north Chile

    Article 22 of Chile's drug law states that a prisoner may reduce their sentence by cooperating with the police. In a perversion of these regulations, powerful inmates will coordinate drug shipments, only to later rat out the drug "mules" and "burreros" -- people from low-income backgrounds who transport cocaine and marijuana. Journalism collective Dromomanos traced this route, in the final article published by Mexican newspaper Domingo El Universal as part of its "Drug Trafficking in the Americas" series.

  • Drug Clan Highlights Structure of Peru Organized Crime

    Minister Urresti announcing the property seizures

    Authorities in Peru have dismantled a drug trafficking clan and seized over $11 million dollars in assets in a case that sheds light on the nature of Peruvian organized crime and drug trade.