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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...
Colombian Police escort Washington Prado Álava.
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Ecuador’s Alleged ‘Pablo Escobar’: From Boatman to Drug Lord

New details have emerged on the largely unknown operations of a recently-captured Ecuadorean drug trafficker, shedding light on the crucial, and often overlooked,...
President Nicolás Maduro in a recent military display
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Dark Times in Venezuela Signal Bright Future for Organized Crime

Whatever happens following "the mother of all protests" in Venezuela on April 19, political uncertainty looks guaranteed and will be embraced by organized crime....
Colombian authorities arrested an Ecuadorian suspected of trafficking 250 metric tons of cocaine
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Unknown Ecuadorean’s Arrest Sign of Low-Profile, High Volume Trafficking?

Colombia's arrest of a major Ecuadorean drug trafficker and the dismantling of his organization, unknown to the public until now, illustrates the drug trade's...