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Cocaine prices in the US have barely moved in decades — here's how cartels distort the market

Efforts to staunch the flow of cocaine in recent years have focused on the source — ripping coca plants out of the ground or dousing them with herbicide. And attacking cocaine production at the source has yielded some success at the beginning of that supply chain. In 2014, Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru — the drug's three biggest producers — destroyed some 300,000 acres of the crop, up from 15,000 in 1994.
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