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Guatemala’s First Coca Farm Signals Expansion of CentAm ‘Experiments’

The first-of-its-kind discovery of a coca farm in Guatemala may be a sign that drug trafficking groups looking to cut risks and transport costs could be expanding...
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Colombia Dismantles Underground Drug Lab Linked to Ex-FARC Mafia

Authorities in Colombia have dismantled a subterranean cocaine hydrochloride-producing laboratory in one of the country’s most strategic drug trafficking regions,...
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Coca, Cocaine and Guerrillas: Capturing the ‘Lost War’

Photographer Carlos Villalon has captured the cocaine trade, the most infamous value chain on the planet, from its tiny seeds to its bloodiest...
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Honduras Finds Another Coca Farm in Organized Crime Stronghold

Authorities in Honduras recently discovered another coca farm in a traditional organized crime stronghold, further contributing to suspicions that criminal groups...
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Colombia Social Leaders Caught in Crossfire of Battle for Pacific Coast

Social leaders in Colombia are being killed at an alarming rate following the government's signing of a peace agreement with the FARC rebel group, highlighting how...
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The ‘Invisibles’: Colombia’s New Generation of Drug Traffickers

Drug trafficking has long embedded itself in Colombia’s civil conflict, hiding among, and subverting, the warring factions. Now as the civil conflict draws down,...
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Weekly InSight: GameChangers in Latin America Organized Crime in 2017

In our January 25 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime Co-Director Jeremy McDermott and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed our annual GameChangers series, covering...
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GameChangers 2017: Drug Trade Dynamics Shape Latin America’s Criminal Landscape

Latin America’s criminal landscape continued to evolve this year, driven by the ongoing record production of cocaine in South America’s Andean region, the...
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GameChangers 2017: Colombia’s Cocaine Explosion Stokes Political and Social Crises

Cocaine is one of the world’s most in-demand drugs. Its production center is in the Andean region of Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, where...
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Colombia Sends Mixed Messages on 2018 Coca Eradication Goal

The government of Colombia has issued seemingly contradictory statements regarding the amount of coca it aims to forcibly eradicate next year....
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Between the Best Coffee and Drugs in the World: Peru’s Tambopata Valley

Ojo-Público visited San Pedro de Putina Punco, a district located in Sandia province in the jungles of Peru’s southern Puno city. Illegal coca crops, maceration...
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Tell-All Interview Exposes Details of Colombia’s Cocaine Trade

A Colombian drug trafficker offered juicy details on his work during a remarkable interview that provides a panoramic view of Colombia's drug trade....