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HEROIN / 2 AUG 2011

Panama authorities confiscated more than 600 kilos of heroin, worth at least $70 million, from a car in a remote town on the Caribbean coast.

HEROIN / 19 APR 2011

Mexican cartels have reportedly established a presence in over 230 U.S. cities, turning states like South Carolina into new hubs for the heroin trade along the East Coast.

GUATEMALA / 21 MAR 2011

There is a troubling trend in Guatemala that is very hard to measure: opium poppy production, which provides the raw material for heroin.

HEROIN / 7 MAR 2011

Two of the most important annual reports about drug production have been released, and with them comes the inevitable diplomatic tiffs over who has the right numbers. In the case…

HEROIN / 4 JAN 2011

A noted Mexican crime analyst and scholar says that the Sinaloa Cartel is buying heroin and precursor chemicals in Afghanistan, in collaboration with Turkish and Indian criminal groups.

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