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Sucumbíos: Lawless Ecuador Border Province Is Sanctuary for Traffickers

In January 2019, heavily armed gunmen traveling in a truck and on a motorbike ambushed a small group of anti-narcotics agents in Sucumbíos, the Ecuadorean province...
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Esmeraldas: An Ecuador Province Gripped by Drug Conflict

For the Ecuadorean province of Esmeraldas on the Pacific side of the Colombia border, 2019 began with a warning that the horrors of the past year were no...
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Ecuador: A Cocaine Superhighway to the US and Europe

Little attention is paid to Ecuador. The murder rate is low, and there are no drug cartels like those that have dominated the criminal landscape in Mexico and...
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Half of All Destroyed Coca Crops Replanted in Colombia

The Colombian government has been lauding the success of its stringent targets for the eradication of coca crops nationwide, but with replanting rates estimated at...
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Testing Wastewater Paints Drug Use Map Across Mexico

A pilot study in Mexico is showing promising results for measuring the frequency and type of drugs being used across the country by measuring metabolites in...
Presidential candidates in Argentina debate their proposals ahead of elections on October 27
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Opposing Views on Security Battle it Out for Argentina’s Presidency

With Argentina set to vote for its next president on October 27, the ongoing campaign has given hints of how the candidates would tackle the country’s evolving...
Drug traffickers in Belgium attempted to send synthetic drugs to Argentina hidden in a rocking horse
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Argentina Tries To Stop Synthetic Drug Traffickers Sidestepping Prosecution

The Argentine government’s new strategy to detect and categorize the chemical components of new illicit substances, looks to confront the country’s growing...
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Venezuela Hides its Cocaine Behind Marijuana Seizures

Venezuela’s anti-narcotics agency reported that marijuana made up 80 percent of the country’s drug seizures in the first six months of 2019, contradicting...
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Colombia’s Drug Strategy Paradox – Less Coca Crops, More Cocaine

A new UN study shows that while Colombia saw a slight drop in coca crop plantations between 2017 and 2018, this has not...
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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...