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The New King of Coke (Part 5)

In the final part of the five-part series, VICE News travels to Washington, DC, to see how both sides of the US war on drugs view the global shift in cocaine production from Colombia to Peru.
December 13, 2014, 4:55pm

The United Nations announced in 2013 that Peru has overtaken Colombia as the world's top producer of coca, the raw plant material used to manufacture cocaine. For the past two decades, Colombia has been virtually synonymous with cocaine. Now that Peru has become the global epicenter of cocaine production, the Andean nation runs the risk of becoming the world's next great narco state.

The Peruvian government is trying to crack down on the problem by ramping up eradication of coca plants, and devoting military and police resources to interdiction efforts. Despite the response — and a hefty amount of foreign aid devoted to combatting cocaine production — Peruvian coke is being consumed in the nightclubs of Lima and in cities around the world like never before.

VICE News travels to Peru to learn more about the government's battle plan against cocaine, and to see how nearly every aspect of Peruvian society is caught up in the fight. We witness how the fine, white powder has forced an entire nation to the brink in the global war on drugs.

In the final part of the five-part series, VICE News correspondent Kaj Larsen travels to Washington, DC, where opponents of the US government's 40-year-old war on drugs are raising their voices and advocating for policy change, while proponents invoke the rhetoric of Nixon, hoping that Peru's war on drugs will be ended by the flow of cash and boots on the ground resources they attribute to ending Colombia's drug war.

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