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Peru’s Cocaine Production In Spotlight As Country Hosts Global Drug Conference

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 25, 2012

By FRANK BAJAK  AP Share on Google+

Peru Cocaine

Anti-narcotics police Director Walter Sanchez, left, holds a bag of seized cocaine with an unidentified official during a news conference showing an estimated 2,400 kilograms (5,300 pounds) of seized cocaine at the narcotics police base in Lima, Peru, Friday, May 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
LIMA, Peru — Peru’s struggle with a resurgent cocaine trade is in the spotlight as it hosts nearly 60 nations in conference on illicit drugs beginning Monday.

The Andean country’s cocaine production likely now exceeds Colombia’s, making it the world’s No. 1 source of the illicit drug, the United States and United Nations say.

President Ollanta Humala said when he took office a year ago that he’d make the drug war a priority, and his government announced an ambitious antinarcotics plan in March.

So far, though, the corrupting influence of drug money has badly weakened Peru’s law enforcement agencies and judiciary, consistently frustrating money-laundering and drug prosecutions, says the counter-narcotics chief in the attorney general’s office, Sonia Medina.

“There is a paralysis at the moment” she said last week, with honest, committed judges and prosecutors scant.

There is no shortage, meanwhile, of cocaine, which Peru supplies to neighbors including Brazil, the world’s No. 2 consumer after the United States, as well as a growing European market. Read the rest of this entry »

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