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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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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...
Alias "Camilo"
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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....
Is cocaine consumption really rising?
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Cocaine Consumption On the Rise? Think Again

Colombia's coca cultivation boom is not only being blamed for increased cocaine consumption in the United States, it is also being held responsible for an alleged...
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the UN General Assembly
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Colombia Holds Its Ground in Drug War of Words with US

Amid heated discord between the United States and Colombia regarding surging drug production in the South American country, Colombian officials are making it clear...
The Belgium port city of Antwerp
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Inside Germany’s Largest-Ever Cocaine Seizure: The Belgium Connection

The largest cocaine seizure ever in Germany points to the role of the port city of Antwerp in neighboring Belgium as a major entry point for drugs destined to...