A counter narcotics police officer takes cover as a helicopter lands on a coca field in Tumaco, southern Colombia, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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Colombia's police could start using drones to tackle a five-year surge in cocaine production that has jeopardized relations with the United States.Three years ago Colombia decided to ban the aerial spraying of coca crops over environmental and health concerns.Colombia's decision to stop aerial eradication of coca crops has been harshly criticized by U.S. officials who have pushed the country to reduce cocaine production.A DEA report in 2017 estimated 93 percent of the cocaine seized in the U.S. came from Colombia, whose potential production tripled from 2013 to 2016, the agency said.
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