• 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.

  • Cocaine and Faith in the Amazon (Part 1)

    In part one, VICE News travels to Alto Monte de Israel to meet the apocalyptic sect known as the Israelites, and learn about their prophet, Ezequiel Ataucusi, who led them to settle in the Amazon jungle.