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Colombia Cocaine Production Breaks New Record Levels: UNODC Report

Cocaine production in Colombia broke new records in 2017, ushering in a new era of criminal violence among the many armed actors vying to control the lucrative...
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Colombia President Duque’s 5 ‘Hot Potatoes’

Colombia's new President Iván Duque took office August 7 where he will have to face down an ever-evolving...
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UN Report Calls for New Strategies to Curb Growing Global Drug Market

A new report from the United Nations says global cocaine and opium production are at an all-time high, and joins other international bodies in calling for more...
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Colombia Coca Production Hits New Record High, US Figures Say

US estimates of coca production in Colombia show the Andean nation has set a new record for the amount of the drug-producing crop under cultivation, confirming a...
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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...