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Peru in Familiar Stalemate With Shining Path Rebels

Yet again, Peruvian security forces are seeking to force Shining Path guerrillas out a jungle region that produces most of the country’s cocaine, but military...
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Drop in Coca Crops, Increase in Colombian Cocaine

A drop of 15,000 hectares of coca crops in Colombia made no difference in reducing cocaine production in 2019 -- instead it increased compared with the previous...
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Violence Rages On in Colombia’s Cauca Department

A wave of violence has struck Colombia's southwestern Cauca department, in the form of targeted killings and armed groups battling for control of coca crops and...
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Colombia’s Coca Eradicators Spared From Coronavirus Lockdown

While it has imposed a stringent coronavirus lockdown, the Colombian government has come under fire for allowing coca eradication campaigns to continue largely...
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Tensions Rise in Bolivia’s Chapare as Government Escalates Anti-Drug Operations

Officials from Bolivia's interim government have stepped up drug trafficking operations over the last six months, but a focus on coca-producing communities in...
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‘Contador’ – Colombia’s Sought After Patron of Cocaine

The arrest of suspected crime boss "El Contador," who is accused of being one of Colombia's most powerful traffickers, could further stoke violence in Nariño, a...
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Wave of Murders Hits Small Coca-Producing Town in Northern Colombia

Murders have spiked in a northern Colombia town that borders Venezuela, is home to armed groups, and has an abundance of coca -- an explosive...
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Half of All Destroyed Coca Crops Replanted in Colombia

The Colombian government has been lauding the success of its stringent targets for the eradication of coca crops nationwide, but with replanting rates estimated at...
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Colombia’s El Tandil – Where Children’s Education Depends on the Coca Leaf

A recent report on child labor in the municipality of Tumaco has shed light on why children and young people around Colombia find themselves cornered into...
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Coca Crops Surge Amid Security Vacuum on Peru-Bolivia Border

A spike in coca crops around a national park along the Bolivia-Peru border has accompanied a recent population boom and disintegrating security in the region, as...
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Chemicals for Cocaine Production Hidden in Sugar and Beer in Peru

Peruvian authorities managed to identify close to 20 methods for hiding illegal chemical components being sent to criminal groups in the VRAEM, the country’s top...
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Bolivia Coca Growers Fight for Control of Legal Production

Violent tensions are flaring in Bolivia's capital between hostile factions of one of the country's coca growers’ unions, escalating a long-simmering conflict for...