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Experts: Drug Spraying Failing in Colombia

Aerial spraying of illegal, drug-producing crops in Colombia — an expensive linchpin of the U.S.-backed war on drugs — is failing, key members of Congress and drug policy experts said Tuesday. Despite a record fumigation last year of almost 550 square miles of coca, the latest U.S. government survey found 26 percent more land dedicated to the plant used to make cocaine. The White House attributed the meteoric rise from 2004 to an 81 percent increase in the satellite sampling area, which skewed an otherwise 8 percent drop in coca production in areas previously surveyed. Full Story

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