Peru’s War on Drugs

Despite the United Nations confirming in 2013 that Peru has overtaken Colombia as the world’s top coca and cocaine producer, the country’s place atop the drug supply chain has — at least so far — not included the levels of violence seen in Colombia, Mexico, and other international narcotics hubs.

The frontlines of Peru’s war on cocaine are restricted to remote coca-producing basins, where drug laboratories and illegal landing strips are abundant. But the government’s campaign of crop eradication and efforts to destroy narco runways risk further igniting a larger social conflict, alienating the coca farmers whose livelihoods depend on growing the illicit crop.

VICE News traveled to the heart of Peru’s coca-producing region to witness how the government is waging a war on drugs with the aim of putting an early end to its reign as the world’s new king of cocaine.

Watch “The New King of Coke” – http://bit.ly/1zchU6u

Watch “Cocaine and Faith in the Amazon” – http://bit.ly/1GM7wEr

Read “Sacred Cocaine: Inside the Peruvian Sect Accused of Growing Coca in the Amazon” – http://bit.ly/1GGRfRe

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Amazon Settlers Dreaming of Modernization (Extra Scene from ‘Cocaine And Faith In The Amazon’)

Peru is now the world’s main supplier of coca, the raw plant material used to manufacture cocaine. In the last five years, coca production has grown the most in the tri-border region, an area deep in the Amazon where Colombia, Brazil and Peru meet.

The tri-border region is home to a messianic sect with apocalyptic beliefs whose members dress in biblical robes. Known as “Israelites,” the religious group migrated to the Peruvian Amazon in 1995 in search of a promised land that’s now infested with coca plantations.

VICE News traveled to Alto Monte de Israel, the sacred land of the Israelites, to meet them and understand how they cope with the existence of coca crops on their land, and whether they’re involved in the drug trade.

In this extra scene, VICE News meets settlers of Alto Monte, who believe that their sacred and remote town in the Amazon is on track to becoming a great civilization — just as their prophet Ezequiel Ataucusi promised.

Watch “Cocaine & Faith in the Amazon” – http://bit.ly/1GM7wEr

Watch “Peru: The New King of Coke” – http://bit.ly/1zchU6u

Inside the Peruvian Sect Accused of Growing Coca in the Amazon – http://bit.ly/1GGRfRe

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Peru’s War on Drugs (Trailer)

Despite the United Nations confirming in 2013 that Peru has overtaken Colombia as the world’s top coca and cocaine producer, the country’s place atop the drug supply chain has — at least so far — not included the levels of violence seen in Colombia, Mexico, and other international narcotics hubs.

The frontlines of Peru’s war on cocaine are restricted to remote coca-producing basins, where drug laboratories and illegal landing strips are abundant. But the government’s campaign of crop eradication and efforts to destroy narco runways risk further igniting a larger social conflict, alienating the coca farmers whose livelihoods depend on growing the illicit crop.

VICE News traveled to the heart of Peru’s coca-producing region to witness how the government is waging a war on drugs with the aim of putting an early end to its reign as the world’s new king of cocaine.

Watch “The New King of Coke” – http://bit.ly/1zchU6u

Watch “Cocaine and Faith in the Amazon” – http://bit.ly/1GM7wEr

Read “Sacred Cocaine: Inside the Peruvian Sect Accused of Growing Coca in the Amazon” – http://bit.ly/1GGRfRe

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Inside the Israelite’s Elementary School (Extra Scene from ‘Cocaine And Faith In The Amazon’)

Peru is now the world’s main supplier of coca, the raw plant material used to manufacture cocaine. In the last five years, coca production has grown the most in the tri-border region, an area deep in the Amazon where Colombia, Brazil and Peru meet.

The tri-border region is home to a messianic sect with apocalyptic beliefs whose members dress in biblical robes. Known as “Israelites,” the religious group migrated to the Peruvian Amazon in 1995 in search of a promised land that’s now infested with coca plantations.

VICE News traveled to Alto Monte de Israel, the sacred land of the Israelites, to meet them and understand how they cope with the existence of coca crops on their land, and whether they’re involved in the drug trade.

In this extra scene, VICE News visits an elementary school in Alto Monte that follows the unique religious “Royal Law” established in the community, but a young student says his generation is far from blindly following the path of his elders.

Watch “Cocaine & Faith in the Amazon” – http://bit.ly/1GM7wEr

Watch “Peru: The New King of Coke” – http://bit.ly/1zchU6u

Inside the Peruvian Sect Accused of Growing Coca in the Amazon – http://bit.ly/1GGRfRe

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The Promised Land: Cocaine And Faith In The Amazon (Full Length)

Peru is now the world’s main supplier of coca, the raw plant material used to manufacture cocaine. In the last five years, coca production has grown the most in the tri-border region, an area deep in the Amazon where Colombia, Brazil and Peru meet.

The tri-border region is home to a messianic sect with apocalyptic beliefs whose members dress in biblical robes. Known as “Israelites,” the religious group migrated to the Peruvian Amazon in 1995 in search of a promised land that’s now infested with coca plantations.

VICE News traveled to Alto Monte de Israel, the sacred land of the Israelites, to meet them and understand how they cope with the existence of coca crops on their land, and whether they’re involved in the drug trade.

Watch “Peru: The New King of Coke” – http://bit.ly/1zchU6u

Inside the Peruvian Sect Accused of Growing Coca in the Amazon – http://bit.ly/1GGRfRe

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Crops Killing The Rainforest: Cocaine And Faith In The Amazon (Part 3)

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Peru is now the world’s main supplier of coca, the raw plant material used to manufacture cocaine. In the last five years, coca production has grown the most in the tri-border region, an area deep in the Amazon where Colombia, Brazil and Peru meet.

The tri-border region is home to a messianic sect with apocalyptic beliefs whose members dress in biblical robes. Known as “Israelites,” the religious group migrated to the Peruvian Amazon in 1995 in search of a promised land that’s now infested with coca plantations.

VICE News traveled to Alto Monte de Israel, the sacred land of the Israelites, to meet them and understand how they cope with the existence of coca crops on their land, and whether they’re involved in the drug trade.

In the final part of our series, VICE News visits a coca plantation near Caballococha, Peru, and learns of the environmental impact the Israelite farmers and the introduction of crops have had on the Amazon rainforest’s ecosystem.

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Coca Invades The Rainforest: Cocaine And Faith In The Amazon (Part 2)

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Peru is now the world’s main supplier of coca, the raw plant material used to manufacture cocaine. In the last five years, coca production has grown the most in the tri-border region, an area deep in the Amazon where Colombia, Brazil and Peru meet.

The tri-border region is home to a messianic sect with apocalyptic beliefs whose members dress in biblical robes. Known as “Israelites,” the religious group migrated to the Peruvian Amazon in 1995 in search of a promised land that’s now infested with coca plantations.

VICE News traveled to Alto Monte de Israel, the sacred land of the Israelites, to meet them and understand how they cope with the existence of coca crops on their land, and whether they’re involved in the drug trade.

In part two of a three-part series: Coca has begun to grow in the Amazon basin near where the messianic sect known as the Israelites have settled, and Brazilian authorities have their suspicions that members of the sect have become involved in the area’s growing drug trade.

Watch “Peru: The New King of Coke” – http://bit.ly/1zchU6u

Read “Meet the Man Helping Peru’s Foreign Drug Mules Get Home” – http://bit.ly/1qT9i1j

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The Birth Of An Amazonian Cult: Cocaine And Faith In The Amazon (Part 1)

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Peru is now the world’s main supplier of coca, the raw plant material used to manufacture cocaine. In the last five years, coca production has grown the most in the tri-border region, an area deep in the Amazon where Colombia, Brazil and Peru meet.

The tri-border region is home to a messianic sect with apocalyptic beliefs whose members dress in biblical robes. Known as “Israelites,” the religious group migrated to the Peruvian Amazon in 1995 in search of a promised land that’s now infested with coca plantations.

In part one, VICE News travels to Alto Monte de Israel to meet the messianic sect known as the Israelites, and learn about their prophet, Ezequiel Ataucusi, who led them to settle in the Amazon jungle.

Watch “Peru: The New King of Coke” – http://bit.ly/1zchU6u

Read “Meet the Man Helping Peru’s Foreign Drug Mules Get Home” – http://bit.ly/1qT9i1j

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The Promised Land: Cocaine And Faith In The Amazon (Trailer)

Watch Part 1: http://bit.ly/1EUJy80

Peru is now the world’s main supplier of coca, the raw plant material used to manufacture cocaine. In the last five years, coca production has grown the most in the tri-border region, an area deep in the Amazon where Colombia, Brazil and Peru meet.

The tri-border region is home to a messianic sect with apocalyptic beliefs whose members dress in biblical robes. Known as “Israelites,” the religious group migrated to the Peruvian Amazon in 1995 in search of a promised land that’s now infested with coca plantations.

VICE News traveled to Alto Monte de Israel, the sacred land of the Israelites, to meet them and understand how they cope with the existence of coca crops on their land, and whether they’re involved in the drug trade.

Watch “Peru: The New King of Coke” – http://bit.ly/1zchU6u

Read “Meet the Man Helping Peru’s Foreign Drug Mules Get Home” – http://bit.ly/1qT9i1j

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Michoacan’s Most Wanted Drug Kingpin: Mexico’s Hot Land (Dispatch 1)

Mexico has nabbed the leader of the infamous Knights Templar drug gang, and now the territory he once controlled is up for grabs.

VICE News travels to the contested Mexican state of Michoacan to find out whether the power balance will shift following his arrest.

Watch “Parents Storm a Military Base: Mexico’s Missing Students (Dispatch 2)” – http://bit.ly/184Vc4p

Watch “The New King of Coke (Full Length)” – http://bit.ly/1zchU6u

Read “Leader of Knights Templar Cartel ‘La Tuta’ Is Captured in Mexico” – http://bit.ly/1BpIwzr

Read “Mexican Drug Lord Lived in a Cave and Was Caught Because His Girlfriend Brought Him Birthday Cake” – http://bit.ly/1AbhTeK

Read “Drug Lord Known as ‘Z-42’ Is Second Mexican Capo to Fall In Less Than a Week” – http://bit.ly/1F4aZxD

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