Ariel Ramos, 50, is tearing out coca leaves to be processed into coca paste, a substance that can be smoked or used for making cocaine powder. “I don’t need to move to sell coca paste, the buyers come to me. It is easier than planting anything else.”

Ariel Ramos, 50, is tearing out coca leaves to be processed into coca paste, a substance that can be smoked or used for making cocaine powder. “I don’t need to move to sell coca paste, the buyers come to me. It is easier than planting anything else.”