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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...
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...
Colombia's government has set ambitious coca eradication goals
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Colombia’s New Crop Substitution Plan Facing Old Obstacles: Report

Colombia's government has declared an ambitious plan to eradicate 100,000 hectares of coca crops by the end of the year, but an analysis of the program so far casts...
Steel coils were used to hide two metric tons of cocaine in Argentina
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Mexico Cartel Tied to Argentina’s Second-Largest Cocaine Sting

Authorities believe that the second-largest cocaine seizure in Argentina's history is linked to a Mexican cartel that exploited an unusual trafficking route,...
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...
A cocaine lab being dismantled in Putumayo, Colombia
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FARC Dissidents Behind Drug Lab on Colombia-Ecuador Border?

Authorities in Colombia dismantled a cocaine processing laboratory in the department of Putumayo along the border with Ecuador, a further indication that dissident...
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...
Spain's Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido inspecting the cocaine seized on June 4
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Maritime Seizures of LatAm Cocaine Shipments to Spain on the Rise

Authorities in Spain say they have seen a marked increase in maritime seizures of South American cocaine destined for Europe in the past two years, highlighting the...
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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...