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More Cocaine Leaving Ecuador Shows Flaws in Anti-Drug Strategies

The growing role of Guayaquil, Ecuador as a hub for international cocaine trafficking reflects the changing dynamics of the Colombia-Ecuador drug trade, and shows...
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UN Report Calls for New Strategies to Curb Growing Global Drug Market

A new report from the United Nations says global cocaine and opium production are at an all-time high, and joins other international bodies in calling for more...
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Colombia Coca Production Hits New Record High, US Figures Say

US estimates of coca production in Colombia show the Andean nation has set a new record for the amount of the drug-producing crop under cultivation, confirming a...
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How Will Colombia’s Next President Fight Organized Crime?

Colombia’s presidential election, scheduled for May 27, comes at a critical time in the country’s history. The peace process with the FARC is...
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Mexico Drug Policy Museum Invites Dialogue on Prohibition Alternatives

Mexico City hosted the Museum of Drug Policy, sponsored by the Open Society Foundations, from May 4 to May 6.* During the museum’s first tour in Latin America,...
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After Working With CIA, Old-School ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ Face US Justice

A US court handed down an 11-year sentence to a former "cocaine cowboy" whose brother is currently fighting deportation from the United States. Both men worked...
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High Expectations for Legal Marijuana in Uruguay Despite Challenges: Report

A new report studying marijuana legalization in Uruguay suggests that the industry has a sustainable future despite some expected struggles, and could offer some...
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Weekly InSight: Is the International Consensus Around Drug Policy Shifting?

In our March Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed a new United Nations report on global drug control,...
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UN Drug Control Board Emphasizes Prevention, Treatment in New Report

The United Nations agency in charge of monitoring compliance with international drug control agreements released a report urging countries around the world to...
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Documentary Series Examines Role of Mexico’s Crime Groups in US Opioid Crisis

A new documentary series exploring the opioid epidemic ravaging cities across the United States underscores the role of Mexican organized crime groups in the...
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Weekly InSight: GameChangers in Latin America Organized Crime in 2017

In our January 25 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime Co-Director Jeremy McDermott and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed our annual GameChangers series, covering...
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GameChangers 2017: Drug Trade Dynamics Shape Latin America’s Criminal Landscape

Latin America’s criminal landscape continued to evolve this year, driven by the ongoing record production of cocaine in South America’s Andean region, the...