Polls suggest increased support for decriminalizing and taxing the drug, but policy may not change soon.
Officials nabbed Daniel Rendón Wednesday. Colombia has used extradition and technology to make headway against drug lords.
Hebert Veloza Garcia's extradition will stymie efforts to find justice for his victims, say Colombian human rights groups.
The buildup in Ciudad Juárez, an entry point for drug smuggling on the US border, is meant to stop vicious fighting between drug cartels.
The president focuses on Al Qaeda and on repairing America’s image in the Muslim world.
After a decline in the number of labs in the US, amounts of the addictive drug have gone up.
Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela push back on US operations.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice suspended a trade deal with Bolivia last week for failure to rein in coca growing. Some 50,000 jobs could be lost.
A newspaper editor, a columnist, police officers, and bar patrons are among those killed in separate acts of violence this past week.