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Colombian police move through a coca field
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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"
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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
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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
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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...
Presidents Donald Trump and Juan Manuel Santos
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US Calls to Revive Colombia Coca Fumigation Could Damage Peace Process

US President Donald Trump has apparently called on his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos to lift Colombia's ban on aerially fumigating illegal crops, a...
Police inspect Honduras coca plantation
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Are Colombians Spreading the Coca Curse to Honduras?

Officials believe a coca plantation recently discovered in Honduras was set up by Colombians, suggesting a criminal migration that could potentially not only import...
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Nariño, Colombia: Ground Zero of the Cocaine Trade

The department of Nariño in southwest Colombia is the main coca-producing area in the country and in the world. It is a place scarred by poverty and years of armed...
Coca eradicators in Bolivia
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What Can Bolivia Teach Post-Conflict Colombia About Coca Reduction?

A new report by an advocacy group based in Bolivia details how the Andean nation's failed experiences with forced coca eradication can be used as a lesson for...
Honduran anti-narcotic agents with confiscated coca plants
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Coca Plantation ‘Experiment’ in Honduras Raises Eyebrows

Authorities have located coca plantations in Honduras, a sign that the Central American nation could be evolving from its traditional role as a transportation...
DEVIDA President Carmen Masías
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Can Peru’s Ambitious Eradication Goal Reduce Coca Crops?

The government of Peru hopes to halve the amount of coca grown in the country by 2021, an ambitious plan that is unlikely to succeed unless a concerted effort...
Colombian military uprooting coca plants
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Is Colombia Sacrificing Coca Farmers’ Trust for US Aid Dollars?

Colombia's defense minister divulged new coca eradication figures ahead of a meeting between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his US counterpart Donald...
Protests by coca growers paralyzes Colombia’s Tumaco municipality
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Are Crime Groups Behind Colombia Coca Eradication Protests?

Authorities in Colombia are accusing organized crime groups of fueling protests against coca eradication efforts, but the government may also bear some blame due to...