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Wealthy Fishermen Ran Major Drug Trafficking Rings in Costa Rica

Drug smuggling fishermen in Costa Rica owned large private properties and luxury vehicles -- riches gained from leading “transportista" groups, which are becoming...
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Small Drop in Colombia’s Coca Crops Little Cause for Cheer

New US figures showing a tiny drop in Colombia’s drug cultivation over the last year are being hailed as evidence that a hardline crackdown is working, ignoring a...
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Drug Seizures Spike Along Paraguay’s Border With Bolivia

Cocaine seizures along Paraguay’s border with Bolivia have tripled, bolstering fears that this forest hinterland has become a haven for drug...
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Ex-FARC Mafia’s 1st Front Close to Controlling Colombia’s Putumayo

A powerful FARC dissident front is fortifying its presence in the southwestern department of Putumayo, a former guerrilla stronghold, a region dense with coca...
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Los Pachenca Leader Killed, Casting Doubt on Colombia Group’s Future

The killing of the principal leader of Colombia’s “Los Pachenca” criminal group, as well as high-level arrests within the group, is generating doubts about...
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Illegal Mining Crackdown May Push Peru’s Former Miners to Coca, Timber

Authorities in Peru say they have successfully driven illegal gold mining out of the Amazon, but will other illegal economies take its...
Argentina's cocaine market is only second to the United States
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Argentina Struggles to Kick Cocaine Habit: Report

A new report on drug consumption in the Americas once again lists Argentina as the country with the second highest rate of cocaine consumption per person, just...
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Arrests Uncover Alliance Among Top Colombian Mafias

Members of some of Colombia’s most notorious crime organizations teamed up to traffic about three tons of cocaine, revealing a fascinating high-profile...
Former Atlantic Cartel leader Wilter Neptalí Blanco Ruíz
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Atlantic Cartel in Honduras Shipped Cocaine to South Korea

The discovery that two cocaine-laden ships were bound for South Korea from Honduras in 2016 suggests that the rising demand for drugs in East Asia has been met in...
Cocaine availability may be rising in Europe
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Op-Ed: Here’s What a Legal Market for Cocaine Could Look Like

It is abundantly clear, given decades of trial and error and escalating scientific evidence, that prohibition only makes risky drug use even riskier. If we...
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Cocaine, Murder and Dirty Cops: Argentina’s ‘Safe’ Province of Córdoba

The killing of a powerful drug trafficker and the arrest of a top police officer in a strategically located province of Argentina has revealed how crime groups...
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Cocaine Haul Shows Sophisticated Trafficking Route Through Honduras’ La Mosquitia

Authorities in Honduras arrested four Colombian citizens caught in an attempt to smuggle over 100 kilograms of cocaine into the United States through a remote...