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Wednesday, June 11

Knight-Rider Cocaine production increases in Peru as U.S. pressures Colombian growers: "The official and other experts attribute the resurgence in Peru of coca, the raw material for cocaine, mainly to intense pressure on coca growers in neighboring Colombia, where Washington has spent nearly $2 billion in recent years. Other factors include lapses in enforcement in Peru and the failure of U.S.-promoted alternative crops such as coffee and heart of palm to be as profitable as coca for Peruvian farmers." Discussion of the policy to combat drug trafficking is a perfect counterpoint to the latest attacks attributed to Sendero in the coca-growing area of Ayacucho.

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