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Amid soaring cocaine production, a city employee prepares to destroy a bag of seized cocaine. A city employee carries a bag of seized cocaine to be destroyed at a police base, Lima, Peru, June 7, 2018 (AP photo by Martin Mejia).

Cocaine Production Is Spiking in Peru and Bolivia, and It Could Keep Going Up

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018

The U.S. government is alarmed at the rates of cocaine production in the two countries. While it is working with the Peruvian government to tackle the problem, the issue has only further divided the United States and Bolivia.

The international fight against drug trafficking continues to go poorly in South America’s Andean region, and signs suggest it won’t be improving anytime soon. New figures released this month by the United States show that Peru and Bolivia have stalled, if not taken steps backward, in their attempts to eradicate prolific cocaine production within their borders. ...

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