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Coca production increases in Colombia

A key component of the U.S.-backed war on drugs appears to be failing. Despite record drug seizures and spraying of herbicides, production of the plant used to make cocaine increased by 8 percent in Colombia, to 330 square miles, the United Nations said Tuesday — even as authorities sprayed coca fields totaling 25 times the size of Manhattan The findings come on the heels of a similar report in April by the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, which showed Colombia’s coca production skyrocketed 26 percent from 2004 to 2005, in part due to a near-doubling of the area surveyed. Full Story

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