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Colombia Suspends Forced Destruction of Cocaine Plants

  • Leftist president Petro attacked war on drugs as a failure
  • New policy may lead to friction with the US government
An anti-narcotics police officer over a coca field in Tumaco, Colombia.

An anti-narcotics police officer over a coca field in Tumaco, Colombia.

Photographer: Nicolo Filippo Rosso/Bloomberg
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Colombia suspended the forced eradication of coca, the raw material for making cocaine, after the nation’s new leftist president said the war on drugs had failed.  

Rather than take action against small farmers who grow the plants, the police will instead concentrate on attacking the “big mafias” higher up the chain, the nation’s top police Henry Sanabria said Tuesday, in an interview with El Tiempo newspaper.