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last updated 18-Aug-2020
  News articles and special reports related to drug trafficking in the Andean countries, and drug trafficking organizations or cartels in the region. We focus on drug trafficking and related criminal activities in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, which together with Colombia constitute the word's largest cocaine producers. As drug trafficking, linking producers in South America to consumers in North America and Europe, is truly an international criminal endeavor, please also browse the other sections to identify cross-border trends.  


U.S. warns tourists of Machu Picchu kidnapping threat. USA Today, February 15, 2013. Remnants of the Maoist-inspired Shining Path now number about 500 and have become an increasingly potent and disciplined fighting force, funding itself by taxing drug traffickers in Peru's coca-growing heartland: TEXT

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Potential Kidnapping Threat in Cusco. Emergency Message, U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru, February 13, 2013: click here




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