Coca/Cocaine

Peru Ends Decades of Emergency in Coca Growing Region

Peru Ends Decades of Emergency in Coca Growing Region

After 30 years, President Ollanta Humala announced the end of a state-of-emergency in Peru’s Upper Huallaga Valley, once the country’s top coca-growing region and home to Shining Path rebels. “We’ve made the decision to give a pleasant surprise to the Upper Huallaga,” Humala said, according to RPP Noticias. “We are lifting […]

Humala Says Peru No Longer World’s Top Coca Producer – Report

President Ollanta Humala claimed Tuesday that Peru is no longer the world’s top producer of coca, the raw material used to make cocaine. Humala said Peru had dropped its production level thanks to anti-drug strategies that include coca eradication programs and the seizure of chemical precursors used to produce coca […]

Peru Implements No-Fly Zone in Cocaine Region

Peru Implements No-Fly Zone in Cocaine Region

Peru’s government has created a no-fly zone in the country’s top coca-producing region, according to the head of Peru’s anti-drug agency Devida, in its latest effort to curb cocaine production. Alberto Otarola said in a press conference Wednesday that the no-fly zone will encompass the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro River Valleys, […]

Peru Eradication Prevents Production of 250 Tons of Cocaine – Official

Peru Eradication Prevents Production of 250 Tons of Cocaine – Official

Peru’s government eradicated a record 31,205 hectares of coca crops in 2014, government officials say, helping the Andean country to stem the production of almost 250 tons of cocaine. Juan Zarate, the head of Corah, the government agency that carries out the eradication program, said that coca crops were forcefully […]