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FARC peace may cut Colombia cocaine, but synthetic drugs new scourge

 Reuters 02 December 2019

A peace deal between FARC rebels and the Colombian government would greatly help cut cocaine production in Colombia, but officials fear new crime gangs could fill the gap while anti-narcotics police fight a new scourge: synthetic drugs. While recent crackdowns have helped decrease cocaine production and crushed cartel activity, new fears have arisen over the growth of synthetic drugs, which are far easier to produce and ship. (669 Words) - By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta

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Colombian anti-narcotics police chief General Ricardo Restrepo gestures during an interview with Reuters at the anti-narcotics military base in Bogota November 25, 2019.  Photo: Reuters/John Vizcaino

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