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Drug money destroying swaths of forest

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Cocaine traffickers attempting to launder their profits are responsible for the disappearance of millions of acres of tropical forest across large swaths of Central America, according to a report.

The study, published on Tuesday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that drug trafficking was responsible for up to 30 percent of annual deforestation in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, turning biodiverse forest into agricultural land.

Source: The Guardian