November 15, 2008 |
Cesar Lopez and his crew resemble human weed eaters, dispensing with 15 acres of illegal crops a day in the sweltering hills of north-central Colombia. Guarded by a cordon of 120 anti-narcotics police officers, the group uses metal rods to uproot bush after bush on the steep hillside. In a gully below stands a thatched-roof laboratory where farmers processed a kilogram of coca paste a week, worth about $1,000 each, before fleeing last month, police said.
June 5, 2007 |
Despite widespread spraying of defoliants financed by the U.S., total acreage of coca cultivated in Colombia rose 19% in 2006 compared with 2005, according to an annual survey by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. The report stresses that much of the gain may be attributed to an expansion of the area included in the survey, which is done by satellite, airplane and on the ground.
August 4, 2006 |
Julian, a peasant farmer in this mountainous region of Colombia, wants to stop growing coca but says leftist guerrillas won't let him. If they catch you pulling up any coca plants, he says, they give you 12 hours to leave your land or they kill you. Under Washington's multibillion-dollar "Plan Colombia," much of the drug-fighting money has gone to pay for the eradication of 1.8 million acres of coca, which is used in the production of cocaine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2005 |
Helicopters are scheduled to begin an aerial pesticide assault at 6:30 a.m. today to eradicate potential West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes at Hansen Dam Recreation Area. The two to three hours of spraying by the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District will cover about 100 acres.
January 22, 2005 |
Deferring to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the Bush administration has backed off its plans to use aerial spraying to destroy Afghanistan's poppy crop, at least for the time being, administration officials and lawmakers said.
July 27, 2003 |
Complaining of paramilitary extortion, tardy pension payments and the price of corn, Colombians took to the phones Saturday to relate their fears and needs to President Alvaro Uribe during a marathon, interactive Cabinet meeting. Broadcast live on television for 10 hours, the program featured rumpled ministers with unbuttoned collars, reports stacked in front of them, giving a rendering of accounts from Uribe's first year in office. For most, the balance was positive. "Mr.