Coca increase in Columbia surprises UN

BOGOTA, Colombia - DEA agents have their work cut out…

BOGOTA, Colombia – DEA agents have their work cut out for them; The UN reported Wednesday that Columbia’s coca crop, the basis for cocaine, grew by 27 percent last year.  The increase in yielded crop comes as “a surprise and shock” to the UN, especially after the major eradication efforts applied to the region that were largely funded by the U.S.

The U.S. poured billions of dollars into the eradication of the crop in the world’s No. 1 cocaine-producing nation and in a surprising turnabout, an increase in output has occurred not only in Columbia, but also in Peru and Bolivia which produced 4 and 5 percent more coca respectively.

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