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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 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.

Last year, Peru’s production of pure cocaine reached a 25-year high. Nearly 500 metric tons were produced in the country, a 20-percent increase from 2016, according to a survey published this month by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. ...

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