Colombia drugs - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Colombia drugs


Colombia, U.S. seize 7.5 tons of cocaine near Panama waters

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:54 PM

Colombia is the world's largest producer of cocaine and coca leaves from which the drug is made, according to the United Nations. The United States is the largest consumer.

ILLEGAL. File photo of a cocaine warehouse.

Duterte calls ex-Colombian president 'idiot' for 'lecturing' him on drug war

Feb 08, 2017 - 5:39 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the situations in Colombia and the Philippines are different because of the kind of illegal drugs trafficked in those countries

In a bid to fulfill his campaing promise of eradicating corruption, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte announces in his speech during the 38th National Convention of the Philippine Association of Water Districts at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 2, 2017, that he will find ways to summarily dismiss inefficient and erring government workers. RENE LUMAWAG/Presidential Photo

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Sep 26, 2016 - 8:24 PM

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Lessons from Colombia: Dela Rosa wants 'Search Bloc' in PH

Sep 26, 2016 - 2:50 PM

The PNP chief also says key legislation is needed to support the crackdown on the drug trade in the Philippines

Colombia dismantles network that trafficked drugs to Asia

Apr 29, 2016 - 8:45 AM

The criminal network sometimes secreted drugs inside computers and other electronic devices and also at times enlisted air passengers to transport the contraband

ILLEGAL DRUGS. A Colombian official arranges bags of cocaine during a press conference in Medellin, Colombia, September 27, 2014. File photo by Luis Eduardo Noriega/EPA

Top Colombian drug hitman 'Popeye' freed

Aug 27, 2014 - 11:57 AM

John Jairo Velasquez Vasquez walks free from the Combita high security prison in central Colombia after completing 22 years of his 30 year sentence for murder

'POPEYE' FREED. A file photo of John Jairo Velasquez Vasquez, aka 'Popeye', former leader of sicarios of Pablo Escolar and confessed murderer of about 250 people, taken at Combita prison, January 18, 2013. Carlos Ortega-El Tiempo/AFP