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Peru wages war on the cocaine trade destroying the narco runways


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Peru wages war on the cocaine trade destroying the narco runways

The Peruvian government is on a mission to crackdown on the cocaine trade in the country.

On the lawless slopes of the eastern Andes near the border with Colombia and Brasil, where most of the coca is grown, special forces locate and destroy the so-called narco runways.

The landing strips are built in remote areas and are used in the transportation of tonnes of cocaine.

Peru is the largest cocaine producer in the world according to the United Nations and the US, the world’s biggest consumer, estimates some 180 tonnes of the white powder was moved by light aircraft last year.

The narco runways are built by local people and financed by the cartels.

It is an ongoing problem for the military as soon as one landing strip is destroyed another crops up.

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