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Altered Plants Pose New Drug War Threat

Authorities suspect a new threat is lurking in the mountains and jungles of Colombia: Not a new rebel cadre, but altered coca plants that are bigger, faster-growing and produce more of the compound that gives cocaine its kick. U.S. drug agents are trying to confirm the existence of the purported uber-plant in this Andean nation, the world’s prime supplier of cocaine. The U.S. Embassy said Wednesday it has seen no evidence to support it exists. But a scientist who advises Colombia’s anti-narcotics police says he has already spotted it in prime coca-growing regions, with the new plants towering over conventional ones, which typically reach heights of five feet. Full Story

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