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The End of the Big Cartels – Why There Won’t Be Another Chapo

Earlier this month, a federal jury in New York convicted Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, the former kingpin of Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa Cartel, on ten...
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Glyphosate Alone Won’t Fix Colombia’s Complex Coca Woes

Colombia’s Constitutional Court is debating lifting a judicial ban on the spraying of glyphosate during the controversial aerial fumigation of illicit coca crops,...
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Aggressive Coca Eradication Threatens Voluntary Substitution Efforts in Colombia

Colombia’s new government plans to deploy an ambitious program to forcefully eradicate illicit crops, stoking fears for the future of a crop substitution program...
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End of Heroin is Bad News for US Fentanyl Hotbeds

On October 22, 2018, authorities pulled over a Dominican national identifying himself as Angel Javier Morell-Oneill as he drove in Methuen, Massachusetts. They had...
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Colombia Drug Policy Ignores Growing Local Market

A new report reveals that the strategies Colombia has used to reduce illicit drug use have not delivered results, and that the country's local drug market has grown...
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Bulgarian Biochemist in Mexico Gives Glimpse of the Future

In January 2018, US authorities began following a Bulgarian biochemist named Antov Petrov Kulkin who they believed was running a small carfentanil/fentanyl...
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A Sinaloa Connection in Buffalo, New York?

The sea cucumber arrived. Then more arrived. Then more. It was a lot, investigators noted—too much for that northwestern corner of New York state. The...
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Fentanyl Case Shows China’s Scary Ability to Adapt

In October 2017, two Chinese men—Xiaobing Yan and Jian Zhang—were indicted for conspiring to manufacture and distribute “large quantities” of fentanyl and...
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Fentanyl: Summary and Major Findings

Since surging into the market in 2013, fentanyl has become the most lethal category of opioid in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
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More Venezuela Drug Plane Seizures Signal Trafficking Increase

Venezuela authorities are touting their seizure of 28 alleged drug planes as a triumph in the fight against drug trafficking, but the increased seizures may...
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‘Drug regulation must be tackled at the regional level’: Ricardo Lagos

Few topics seem to be gaining as much traction, or courting as much controversy, across the Americas as the regulation of...
Drug regulation is being debated around the world
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Can Drug Regulation Help Tackle Organized Crime?

A recent report argues that regulating illegal drugs can help governments tackle organized crime, adding to a growing number of voices calling for the...