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Wednesday, July 23

Trying to quantify coca growing areas is hard in a country where it is legal

Peru's coca farmers hoping legal uses will boost crop's market: "The CIA's Crime and Narcotics Center, relying on satellite images, estimates that 88,900 acres of coca was grown in Peru last year, or 139 square miles. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, using different methodology, puts the figure at almost 116,000 acres, or 181 square miles. Independent researchers suggest the cultivation is as high as 148,300 acres, or more than 231 square miles." Knight Ridder The drug trade is what is helping to fund the Sendero insurgency.



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