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Venezuela President’s Drug Trafficking Exploits Detailed in US Indictment

US prosecutors have charged Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his closest allies with drug trafficking and corruption, cementing the embattled nation's...
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The Women Who Want to Leave Coca Behind in Colombia’s Putumayo

In Putumayo, as in much of Colombia, female coca growers face a difficult choice: obey armed groups and continue working in illegal economies, or put themselves at...
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From Cocalero to Kingpin: New Book Tracks Cocaine Supply Chain

A new book by a veteran reporter provides a comprehensive picture of Colombia’s modern-day cocaine trafficking networks and their devastating impact on the...
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Costa Rica’s Security Minister Talks Cocaine, Killings, and Organized Crime

Costa Rica has had a tumultuous start to 2020. The country seized the largest ever haul of cocaine within its borders and homicides...
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For Ecuador’s Fishermen, ‘Vueltas’ Rarely End in a Return

A new report sheds light on US authorities' controversial practice of detaining Ecuadorian fishermen acting as drug mules in international waters and holding them...
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Honduras Goes From Transit Nation to Cocaine Producer

Over the last decade, Honduras has seen a proliferation of laboratories capable of transforming coca leaf into cocaine hydrochloride. This means that Honduras, once...
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Why a Measly Five Tons of Cocaine Has Costa Rica Deeply Worried

The container of ornamental plants had passed through customs at Costa Rica's port of Limón and was awaiting transfer to a ship headed to the Netherlands. But...
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Clandestine Airstrips, Drug Flights Becoming More Frequent Across Venezuela

Clandestine airstrips found in Venezuela and suspected drug flights leaving the country soared in 2019, with different parts of the country being used as aerial...
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Bolivia Investigations Target Members of Evo Morales’ MAS Party

Since Bolivia’s botched elections in October 2019, numerous high-standing politicians and law enforcement officials associated with the Movement to Socialism...
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Report Recognizes Drug Trafficking Influence of Venezuela’s Cartel of the Suns

For the first time, the International Narcotics Control Board has recognized the growing influence of the "Cartel of the Suns," the name for a criminal structure...
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Brazil’s PGC Gang Emulates Larger Rivals in Move to Paraguay

Two recent events show how one of Brazil's regional gangs, the PGC, is making waves inside Paraguay, likely seeking to emulate the drug trafficking success that its...
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No, Cocaine Does Not Cure Coronavirus

A social media post claiming falsely that cocaine can cure COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus, has been shared thousands of times on Twitter in recent weeks,...