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Between the Best Coffee and Drugs in the World: Peru’s Tambopata Valley

Ojo-Público visited San Pedro de Putina Punco, a district located in Sandia province in the jungles of Peru’s southern Puno city. Illegal coca crops, maceration...
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New US Opioid Measures Undermined by Lack of Funding, Personnel

New measures to fight the US opioid crisis demonstrate the White House’s interest in using the issue as a political cudgel, rather than attacking its...
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Colombia’s Peace Agreement With the FARC Survives First Year

A year after the signing of the FARC peace agreement, the Colombian government's efforts to end the conflict with the guerrilla group have...
Colombia says it will spend $315 million in four years on its anti-coca policy
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Colombia, UNODC Sign ‘Historic’ Agreement on Coca Policy

Colombia and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed an agreement to cooperate on the Andean nation's coca reduction strategy. But the plan's...
Dudley and Quinones discuss heroin trade
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Weekly InSight: The DEA and the Heroin Crisis in the United States

In our October 26 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley and "Dreamland" author Sam Quinones discussed the homegrown opioid and heroin...
Prescription drug poisoning is the leading cause of US drug overdoses
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Greatest Drug Threat to the United States Is Homegrown: DEA

The homegrown problem of prescription painkiller abuse continues to be the biggest, deadliest drug threat to the United States, according to the DEA's latest...
A coca farmer in Antioquia, Colombia
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Colombia’s Struggling Anti-Coca Strategy Needs US Backing: Report

A new report quantifies the progress of Colombia's coca crop substitution program under the peace agreement, and calls for US leniency and support despite a rocky...
Homeless residents of Bogotá's "Bronx" neighborhood following a vast security operation
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Who Are the Real Targets of Bogotá’s Crackdown on Crime?

It was just before rush hour on August 23 when the Bogotá district police and SWAT squad came for the gangs of the Cartuchito, an area with a potent illicit drug...
Outgoing head of US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield
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Comments by Outgoing US Diplomat Highlight Discord on Anti-Drug Policy

The top US diplomat in charge of anti-drug policies abroad attempted to mend bruised relations with key Latin American partners, but instead succeeded in...
Is cocaine consumption really rising?
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Cocaine Consumption On the Rise? Think Again

Colombia's coca cultivation boom is not only being blamed for increased cocaine consumption in the United States, it is also being held responsible for an alleged...
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the UN General Assembly
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Colombia Holds Its Ground in Drug War of Words with US

Amid heated discord between the United States and Colombia regarding surging drug production in the South American country, Colombian officials are making it clear...
US President Donald Trump
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US Threatens to Brand Colombia Not Compliant on Anti-Drug Efforts

In an annual designation of major drug trafficking and producing nations, US President Donald Trump broke with decades of precedent by calling out the...