Coca planting falls 25% in Colombia as criminals turn to illegal mining, UN report shows

08/9/2013 | BBC · Reuters

Colombia's coca planting dropped 25% in 2012 to 48,000 hectares, says the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime annual report. While the decline shows that Colombia's anti-drug efforts are working, crime gangs are replacing coca with illegal gold and emerald mining to finance their operations, analysts say.

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