Peruvian Cocaine and the Boomerang of History

Gootenberg, Paul
June 2014
NACLA Report on the Americas;Summer2014, Vol. 47 Issue 2, p48
Academic Journal
The article reports that United Nations (UN) agencies announced that Peru surpassed Columbia in 2013 as the world's leading source for cocaine in the global market. Topics discussed include the boomerang of history as botanists suggest that the coca bush originated in tropical northwestern Peru 8,000 years ago, as well Peru as the world's sole producer of legal cocaine by late 1940s. Also mentioned are the Peruvian resurgence of cocaine since 2005 and the heavy eradication efforts in Colombia.


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