The U.S.-Colombia drug war alliance has failed to stop the country’s
drug trade, with last year’s coca yield breaking records. The record
harvests can be traced to the country’s government, right-wing paramilitaries and wealthy individuals who are sympathetic to U.S. business interests.
A man mulches coca leaves with a weed eater at a small makeshift lab in
Puerto Bello, Colombia. Coca cultivation surged last year and now covers
more territory than it did when a multibillion U.S.-led eradication
campaign began 16 years ago (AP/Fernando Vergara)