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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...
The FARC may have earned up to $580 million a year
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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
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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...
US-Colombia's special relationship stems back decades
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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...
Coca growers in Colombia's Putumayo department
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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...
Cocaine availability may be rising in Europe
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Europe Feeling Effects of Cocaine and Opioid Crises: Report

A new report indicates that the availability of cocaine and synthetic opioids is on the rise in Europe, a sign that the continent is feeling the effects of...