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Brazil's Biggest Gang Sets Sights on Regional Expansion

Brazil's Biggest Gang Sets Sights on Regional Expansion

A slew of recent reports indicates Brazil's PCC is stepping up its criminal activities in countries throughout South America, which one expert says is a clear sign that the fearsome prison gang is looking to become the region's most powerful drug trafficking organization.  

What Can Bolivia Teach Post-Conflict Colombia about Coca Reduction?

What Can Bolivia Teach Post-Conflict Colombia about Coca Reduction?

A new report by an advocacy group based in Bolivia details how the Andean nation's failed experiences with forced coca eradication can be used as a lesson for Colombia, which is witnessing a surge in cocaine production amid the implementation of a peace deal with the FARC rebel group.  

Arrests Suggest Brazilian Gangs Are Deepening Presence in Bolivia

Arrests Suggest Brazilian Gangs Are Deepening Presence in Bolivia

Recent actions carried out in Bolivia by Brazil's two most powerful prison gangs indicate these groups are looking to deepen their presence in the Andean nation as part of a wider struggle to gain control of the regional drug trade. 

Bolivia Minister Sticks to Party Line on Foreign Cartel Presence

Bolivia Minister Sticks to Party Line on Foreign Cartel Presence

Bolivia's interior minister said emissaries of Brazilian and Colombian drug trafficking groups are operating within the Andean nation, but the scope of foreign participation in the country's drug trade could be greater than the minister admits. 

French Video Game Brings Narco-Culture to Virtual World

French Video Game Brings Narco-Culture to Virtual World

A French company is set to release a video game in which Bolivia is portrayed as a narco-state infiltrated by Mexican cartels, an illustration of the expanding number of entertainment products hitting the market that are based on popular depictions of drug trafficking.

Bolivia Raises Coca Cultivation Limits, Widens Legal Supply-Demand Gap

Bolivia Raises Coca Cultivation Limits, Widens Legal Supply-Demand Gap

Bolivia's government has agreed to raise permitted levels of legal coca production after violent protests by farmers, in a move that exacerbates the flaw in the country's otherwise largely successful coca policy: the gap between legal production and legal consumption.

Bolivia, UNODC Agree on $22 Million Program for Tackling Organized Crime

Bolivia, UNODC Agree on $22 Million Program for Tackling Organized Crime

The UNODC has promised to expand cooperation with the government of Bolivia on combating organized crime, drug trafficking and corruption, a sign of the international community's continued support for the Andean nation.*

As Evo wins another five years in power, he faces the reality that his country is turning into a center for drug trafficking in South America. Can he stop transnational organized crime taking root?