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Colombia Halts Aerial Coca Fumigation

Colombia's president has ordered an end to controversial aerial fumigations of drug crops with the herbicide glyphosate. However, in some ways, he is arguably...
Colombian police walk through a coca field

Is Colombia Again the World’s Top Cocaine Producer?

Colombia has likely reclaimed its position as the world’s principal cocaine producer, something with profound consequences on the drug trade and the ongoing peace...

UN Drug Control Board Scolds Reform in Latin America

In its most recent report, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) -- responsible for overseeing the implementation of the United Nation’s drug...
A captured drug plane in Peru

Peru Targets Drug Flights With No-Fly Zone

Peru’s government has announced the creation of a no-fly zone in the coca producing VRAEM region, in an effort to curb drug flights in one of South America’s most...
Peru's interior minister listed 124 narco-candidates

Can Peru Rid its Election of Narco-Influence?

The evidence suggests that Peru's upcoming local elections will be strongly influenced by drug trafficking, a phenomenon with a troubling historical precedent --...
Bolivian Interior Minister Jorge Perez

Bolivia Provides Less Than 1% of US Cocaine: Interior Minister

Bolivia's interior minister has stated that Bolivian cocaine makes up less than one percent of the cocaine sold in the United States, a figure that is likely too...
The site of the coca plants in Chiapas, Mexico

Mexico Finds ‘1st Coca Plantation’

Mexico's army announced that it had located the country's first known coca plantation, suggesting that Mexican traffickers could be seeking to produce cocaine at...
A Bolivian drug plane caught in Peru in July

Peru Cocaine Clans Expanding in Bolivia: Police

Bolivia is now reportedly home to at least 20 drug clans from Peru, providing an indication of how the presence of transnational organized crime has grown in the...
Peru police bury officer killed in Amazon drug patrol

Police Killed in Peru in Amazon Tri-border Ambush

Alleged drug traffickers have killed a major in Peru's anti-drugs police after ambushing his patrol in the Amazon tri-border region, a worrying sign of growing...
Peruvian Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano

The Govt Response in Peru VRAEM: Patience or Negligence?

According to the UNODC, the number of hectares of coca cultivated in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia has decreased. Somebody should tell that to the drug traffickers in...
Soldiers eradicating coca in the Chapare region

How Coca Became Bolivia’s Top Crop

Bolivia is one of the world's top three producers of coca leaf, but in recent years, the number of processing pits dedicated to converting the plant into cocaine...
Coca crops in Peru's VRAEM region

Peru’s VRAEM Region: The Home of Miss Coca

Peru has become the biggest cocaine producer and exporter in the world. In the main cultivation region, farmers make their living selling coca leaf with no...