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10 Jan 2024

Latam Cocaine Seizures Surge; Colombia's Coca Cultivation Hits Record

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Bolivia's record cocaine bust [seized 9 million tons](https://www.semafor.com/newsletter/01/08/2024/semafor-flagship-more-comedic-and-charismatic?utm_source=nowshare&utm_medium=flagship&utm_campaign=flagshipnumbered6#g), worth over $500 million. Colombia and Ecuador disrupted a ring shipping five tons monthly to the U.S. and Europe. Colombian coca production soars as President Gustavo Petro opts for non-punitive drug policies, escalating violence and murder rates in the region.