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US Senator Dianne Feinstein

US Congress Hearing Underscores Tensions Over Colombia Peace Deal

Criticism of Colombia's peace process with the FARC guerrilla group by US officials and experts at a recent congressional hearing underscored simmering...
The FARC may have earned up to $580 million a year

The FARC’s Riches: Up to $580 Million in Annual Income

The former rebels of what was once Latin America's oldest insurgency, the FARC, continually claimed to have barely any money. And while they did have a lot of...
Coca cultivation and production in Bolivia and Peru held steady in 2016

Bolivia, Peru Cocaine Figures Show Colombia Driving Andean Boom

Newly released data on coca cultivation and cocaine production in Bolivia and Peru shows little significant change from last year, reinforcing the notion that...
Will increased legal coca cultivation increase cocaine trafficking?

Bolivia Defense of Legal Coca Cultivation Likely to Boost Cocaine Trade

President Evo Morales of Bolivia has again defended his administration's plans to expand legal coca cultivation, a move that aims to please some of his biggest...
US-Colombia's special relationship stems back decades

US Warns Differences on FARC Peace Could Cause Relationship ‘Problems’ With Colombia

A top US anti-drug official has cautioned that "bilateral political problems" could result from differences of opinion between the United States and Colombia about...
David Bazán Arévalo, mayor of Tocache, Peru

Peru Mayor’s Arrest Reveals Ties to Drug Trafficking and Terrorism

On July 26, Peru's counternarcotics police arrested David Bazán Arévalo, the mayor of Tocache, on charges of financing and supplying weapons of war to a...
Coca growers in Colombia's Putumayo department

Colombia’s Coca Farmers in Legal Dilemma That May Jeopardize New Drug Policy

Colombia's government is intent on passing a law that will grant a one-year judicial immunity for small-scale coca farmers who agree to abandon their illegal...
Coca fields in Bolivia

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...
Colombian police move through a coca field

Record Cocaine Production in Colombia Fuels New Criminal Generation

Colombia is now producing more cocaine than ever before, just as a new chapter in the country's criminal history begins and the government tries to implement a...
The 2017 NSCR report names Central America as a "main cocaine corridor"

CentAm Gangs Selling Drug Trafficking Services on Dark Web: UN Official

A UN official stated that Central American gangs are strengthening their ties with transnational drug trafficking groups, in some cases using the dark web, raising...
This week's Facebook Live talks coca and US policy

Weekly InSight: Coca, Cocaine and Colombia

In our June 15 Facebook Live session, Co-director Steven Dudley and Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos talk about InSight Crime’s special investigation of...
The US government has produced mixed messages on its anti-narcotics strategy

More Mixed Signals from US State Dept on Colombia Aerial Eradication

The US government has continued issuing mixed messages following controversial statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that implied the White House was...