Pushing productive coca seeds, Mexican cartels reshape Colombia’s drug industry

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Reuters

By Luis Jaime Acosta TUMACO/NORTE DE SANTANDER, Colombia (Reuters) – Emissaries of Mexican drug cartels are involving themselves more closely in cocaine production in Colombia, paying farmers in advance and pushing cultivation of highly-productive strains, coca growers, security officials and rights activists say. Top Mexican cartels like Sinaloa and Jalisco Nueva Generacion – which have large areas of influence within Mexico and engage in brutal violence for control of drug routes – have long purchased cocaine from Colombia’s guerrilla groups and crime gangs. But while they once operated as d…

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