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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...
Tumaco is Colombia's top cocaine producer
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Drug Seizures in Tumaco Make the ‘Pacific Pearl’ Colombia’s Cocaine Capital

A huge percentage of Colombia's soaring cocaine production has apparently passed through a single municipality, Tumaco, over the first few months of year. What...
Honduran anti-narcotic agents with confiscated coca plants
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Coca Plantation ‘Experiment’ in Honduras Raises Eyebrows

Authorities have located coca plantations in Honduras, a sign that the Central American nation could be evolving from its traditional role as a transportation...
The US Coast Guard had record seizures in 2015 and 2016, but basic technology is helping traffickers elude them
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Basic Trafficker Technology Trumps Hi-Tech Authorities

Despite the use of advanced technology by authorities to combat drug smuggling to the United States, organized crime groups in Latin America are still using basic...