All About Coca

COCA / 13 SEP 2017

Criticism of Colombia's peace process with the FARC guerrilla group by US officials and experts at a recent congressional hearing underscored simmering disagreements between the two close allies about how…

COCA / 6 SEP 2017

The former rebels of what was once Latin America's oldest insurgency, the FARC, continually claimed to have barely any money. And while they did have a lot of expenses, they…

BOLIVIA / 28 AUG 2017

Newly released data on coca cultivation and cocaine production in Bolivia and Peru shows little significant change from last year, reinforcing the notion that booming production in Colombia is…

BOLIVIA / 8 AUG 2017

President Evo Morales of Bolivia has again defended his administration's plans to expand legal coca cultivation, a move that aims to please some of his biggest political supporters ahead…

COCA / 4 AUG 2017

A top US anti-drug official has cautioned that "bilateral political problems" could result from differences of opinion between the United States and Colombia about how to deal with rising cocaine…

COCA / 4 AUG 2017

On July 26, Peru's counternarcotics police arrested David Bazán Arévalo, the mayor of Tocache, on charges of financing and supplying weapons of war to a narco-terrorist faction of the Shining…

COCA / 3 AUG 2017

Colombia's government is intent on passing a law that will grant a one-year judicial immunity for small-scale coca farmers who agree to abandon their illegal cultivations, which is a provision of…

BOLIVIA / 21 JUL 2017

A United Nations monitoring program reported a rise in coca cultivation in Bolivia in 2016 after five successive years of decline, but this reversal in past trends could be short-lived.

COCA / 17 JUL 2017

Colombia is now producing more cocaine than ever before, just as a new chapter in the country's criminal history begins and the government tries to implement a peace agreement with…

COCA / 20 JUN 2017

A UN official stated that Central American gangs are strengthening their ties with transnational drug trafficking groups, in some cases using the dark web, raising questions about the potentially…

COCA / 16 JUN 2017

In our June 15 Facebook Live session, Co-director Steven Dudley and Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos talk about InSight Crime’s special investigation of the criminal economy in Nariño,…

COCA / 16 JUN 2017

The US government has continued issuing mixed messages following controversial statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that implied the White House was pushing for Colombia to return to outdated…

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