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  • Sacred Cocaine: Inside the Peruvian Sect Accused of Growing Coca in the Amazon

    VICE News spent two years seeking access to the reclusive community of Alto Monte, the spiritual capital of a peculiar Peruvian sect known as the Ataucusi. As coca production skyrockets in the Peruvian Amazon, the Ataucusi are under increasing scrutiny.

  • Cocaine and Faith in the Amazon (Part 3)

    In the final part of our series, VICE News visits a coca plantation near Caballococha, Peru, and learns of the environmental impact the Israelite farmers and the introduction of crops have had on the Amazon rainforest's ecosystem.

  • Cocaine and Faith in the Amazon (Part 2)

    Coca has begun to grow in the Amazon basin near where the messianic sect known as the Israelites have settled, and Brazilian authorities suspect that members of the sect have become involved in the area’s growing drug trade.