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Colombia, Honduras Cooperate to Catch Drug Flight

The air forces of Colombia and Honduras carried out a joint operation which intercepted an airplane carrying cocaine, under a cooperation agreement which came into...
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Humala Shakes Up Peru’s Drug Policy

Peru's move to suspend coca eradication efforts may last no longer than a week, but it is the first real indication that President Ollanta Humala is more than...
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Testing the Theory that More Troops Equals Less Crime

From Mexico to Brazil, sending the army to areas overrun by organized crime has become the default government response. However, this often does little to alter the...
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Calderon Refuses to Back Down from Use of Army to Fight Crime

Mexico's President Felipe Calderon defended his use of the army to combat organized crime in the country, saying that any increase in violence would only encourage...
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Nicaragua Govt Rejects Security Tax

Nicaragua's Finance Ministry refuses to raise taxes on businesses to increase funding for security...
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Bolivia to use Chinese Aircraft to Combat Drug Trade

The Bolivian air force is set to begin using six Chinese airplanes to battle drug trafficking in the Andean...
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Bolivia President Warns of US Drug Agency Plots

Nearly three years after expelling the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from Bolivia, President Evo Morales continues to accuse the agency of seeking to...
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Obama Anti-Drug Strategy More Rhetoric than Reality

The U.S. government has unveiled a "new" strategy against transnational organized crime which is vintage Obama: long on politically correct rhetoric, short on...
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US Report: Takedowns of Mexico Capos Don’t Stop Drug Flow

A leaked internal report from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that the arrests and deaths of Mexican kingpins have no bearing on the flow of drugs into the...
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Bolivia Says Yes to Coca, No to Cocaine from Peru

While Bolivia fights a political battle over legal coca cultivation, it is also an increasingly important transit destination for cocaine traveling from Peru and...
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Bolivia Withdraws from UN Drug Convention

The Bolivian government has confirmed its decision to renounce a major UN drug convention, after rejecting its classification of the coca leaf as an illicit...
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Reducing Drug Demand: Not a Magic Bullet

Those seeking an alternative to the war on drugs often call for a shift in focus: from reducing supply, to reducing demand. However, it's not clear that such a...