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COLOMBIA / 3 DEC 2013

The US government estimates that heroin production has sharply declined in Colombia over the past decade, yet the United Nations claims the country remains the primary supplier of the drug…

DRUG POLICY / 27 NOV 2013

The US Drug Enforcement Administration's annual report charts evolving market forces in the supply and demand of narcotics, with cocaine imports to the United States falling even as Mexican cartels…

ECUADOR / 1 NOV 2013

In August, authorities in Ecuador eradicated the largest poppy crop of the year, representing nearly a third of the total number of plants found in 2012 and bolstering the notion…

ECUADOR / 15 JUL 2013

Authorities have destroyed 188,000 poppy plants in rural Ecuador, providing another indication that heroin's primary material is increasingly being cultivated in the Andean nation.

HEROIN / 3 APR 2013

The area of poppy crops eradicated in Mexico last year exceeded that of marijuana by 40 percent, according to official figures, indicating shifts in drug production and trafficking patterns.

GUATEMALA / 30 JAN 2013

Guatemala's interior minister has announced plans for a crop substitution program for poppy farmers, suggesting the government will take a more integrated approach to fighting the country's…

GUATEMALA / 3 JAN 2013

The Guatemalan military will deploy a special brigade to its northwestern border with Mexico, dedicated to combating the poppy trade, a new stage in Guatemala's efforts to limit the production…

COLOMBIA / 5 NOV 2012

Colombia arrested one of the country's main heroin traffickers, drawing attention to the country's importance to the regional heroin trade despite poppy crops having decreased markedly in recent years.

GUATEMALA / 31 AUG 2012

Guatemalan airport authorities seized their second large shipment of heroin in a week, giving further evidence that Guatemala may be becoming a favored midway point for international heroin shipments headed…

GUATEMALA / 31 AUG 2012

Guatemala seized over 100 kilograms of liquid heroin reportedly shipped from Europe, suggesting the drug may have have been produced in Afghanistan and marking an anomaly in the region's opium…

GUATEMALA / 25 MAY 2012

Guatemala reported eradicating more than $300 million worth of heroin poppy crops this week in San Marcos province, which borders on Mexico, in an indication of the growing value of…

COLOMBIA / 23 MAY 2012

Colombian police reported breaking up two heroin smuggling rings, pointing to links between major criminal groups and the little-known independent traffickers who handle most of the country's heroin business.

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