Colombia’s Coca Paste

Photos by Rodrigo Abd In bright green Andean mountains wrapped in clouds, a country family produces the coca paste that is used to make cocaine at a humble home in territory controlled by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or the FARC.

Peru’s Cocaine Runways

Photos by Rodrigo Abd It happens about four times a day, right under the nose of Peru’s military: A small single-engine plane drops onto a dirt airstrip in the world’s No. 1 coca-growing valley, delivers a bundle of cash, picks up more than 300 kilos of cocaine and flies to Bolivia.

Peru’s Jungle Drug Cops

Photos by Rodrigo Abd The elite police who work in the dense central jungles of the world’s No. 1 cocaine-producing nation regularly raid the pits in which coca leaves are processed into the paste used to make the drug.

Mexican Heroin Trade

Photos by Dario Lopez-Mills Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero.