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Peru aims to eradicate 30,000 hectares of coca in 2014

Peru Halts Forced Coca Eradication Plans in Face of Shining Path Threat

Peru has slashed its coca eradication goal in the country's main coca growing region and backed away from plans for forced eradication, confirming a dramatic policy...
Former president of DEVIDA, Carmen Masias

Peru Anti Drug Chief Fired in Coca Eradication Policy U-Turn

The government in Peru has fired its anti-narcotics chief in a surprise move that could signal a return to the President's initial -- but rapidly abandoned --policy...
A drug lab destroyed in Venezuela

Explosion of Cocaine Labs in Venezuela Points to Production Migration

A record number of drug labs have been dismantled in Venezuela's border region with Colombia, suggesting that Colombian criminal organizations are increasingly...
Coca farmer in Bolivia

Can You Get Rich from the Bolivian Cocaine Trade?

In October 2013, Mary Anastasia O'Grady wrote in the Wall Street Journal that Bolivia under President Evo Morales is turning into a rogue-state, awash with drug...
The INCB reports coca cultivation has fallen

Should UN Be Trumpeting Global Cocaine Market Decline?

United Nations figures indicate coca cultivation and cocaine production in Latin America has dropped, but questions remain over the numbers, while signs drug...
Eradication teams working in the VRAEM region

Can Peru Extend Coca Eradication Success into the VRAEM?

The Peruvian government has announced plans to attempt major coca eradication in the VRAEM region for the first time this year, a necessary step but one that could...
Bolivia's Vice-Minister of Social Defense Felipe Caceres

Coca-Growing Foreigners in Bolivia Raise Serious Concerns

Foreigners are coming to Bolivia to grow coca, according to a government minister, a pattern that could be tied to successful eradication efforts in neighboring...
Peruvian soldiers operating in the VRAEM

Peru to Undermine Shining Path Finances by Attacking Drug Trade

The government of Peru is launching a sustained offensive against the drug trade that finances the last remaining Shining Path stronghold, the VRAEM, seeking to...
Bolivia President Evo Morales addresses the G77 summit

Bolivia Uses G77 Post to Put Coca Legalization on International Agenda

As Bolivia assumed the presidency of the United Nations Group of 77 (G-77), President Evo Morales used this opportunity to push his pro-coca agenda, likely hoping...
Devida President Carmen Mesias

Peru Sets Record Coca Eradication Target for 2014

The Peruvian government has set a target of 30,000 hectares of coca crops to be eradicated in 2014, a more than 30 percent increase on the record eradication...
Peruvian police patrol through a coca field

4 Reasons Why Peru Became World’s Top Cocaine Producer

In 2013, the UN confirmed Peru had overtaken Colombia as the world's number one coca and cocaine producer. How could this happen in a relatively peaceful nation...
Bolivian forces eradicate coca

Bolivia Hits Record Coca Eradication As Cocaine Seizures Fall

Bolivia has destroyed 11,407 hectares of coca in 2013, surpassing its previous record by over 300 hectares, indicating that eradication has continued apace despite...