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Why US Aid Cuts to Central America Will Help Organized Crime

In late March, President Donald Trump followed up on his threat to suspend US aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, He had repeatedly made this pledge,...
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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Op-Ed: Duque “Has Done Nothing for Us,” Says Trump

If President Iván Duque plans to make Donald Trump happy, he will do so at the detriment of Colombia. And he is condemned to fail. On March 29, Trump launched a...
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A Death Foretold: Colombia’s Crop Substitution Program

The government’s failure to comply with the coca crops substitution program in Colombia has left the future of almost 100,000 families in limbo and sets up a...
El Chapo in US custody
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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...