Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 06:05
The elite police who work in the dense central jungles of the world's No. 1 cocaine-producing nation regularly raid the pits in which coca leaves are processed into the paste used to make the drug.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 06:26
So much for Tio Sam's war on drugs. Skeptics are less enthusiastic. Soon after the UN announced its survey, critics noted that the report focused on the coca leaf but omitted data on how much of the crop is being converted to cocaine. And without that data, the heralded fall in coca may be an optical illusion.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 06:18
Could the United States defund counter-narcotics efforts in Peru, one of the world’s top producers of cocaine?
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 06:02
AEL Sistemas, based in Porto Alegre, became a subsidiary of the Israeli company Elbit in 2001, at which time it began developing a new generation of Brazilian surveillance drones using Israeli technology. But the Hermes 900 was just one example of Brazil’s growing role in the booming global market for unmanned aerial systems.
Friday, August 21, 2015 - 07:01
The Peruvian congress voted unanimously on Thursday to authorise military planes to shoot down suspected drug flights, which police say smuggle more than a tonne of cocaine to Bolivia daily.
Friday, August 21, 2015 - 06:56
For more than six weeks, 22 agents from the Guatemalan National Civil Police’s (PNC) "Los Halcones" (Hawks) unit trained with United States Army Green Berets, participating in exercises focusing on fighting criminal organizations, including drug-trafficking groups that use the Central American country as a transshipment point to transport narcotics into North America.
Friday, August 21, 2015 - 06:18
Six years after expelling the DEA, Bolivia has quietly become one of South America’s leading success stories in the war on drugs.
Monday, August 17, 2015 - 11:50
A record 55,000 hectares (just over 210 square miles) of coca were destroyed in 2013-14 — dropping the Peru to No. 2 behind Colombia in land area under coca cultivation. Peru nevertheless remains the world's top cocaine-producing nation. Thousands of Peruvians who have lost their livelihoods to the government's campaign to destroy the plant used to make cocaine.
Friday, August 14, 2015 - 06:37
Bolivian officials are looking to restore diplomatic ties with the United States, a significant shift that would likely have a major impact on the Andean nation's ability to combat drug trafficking and organized crime.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 11:13
With the U.S. Coast Guard, the guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) interdicted 528 kg of cocaine, worth an estimated wholesale value of approximately $176-million.