Central American forests decimated by cocaine traffickers, OSU research finds 

The American addiction to cocaine may be claiming a previously unseen victim: tropical forests in Central America.

But the loss of these forests, home to some of the world’s highest degrees of biological diversity, isn’t due to cultivating the coca plant, from which cocaine is derived. The “narco-deforestation,” as it’s being called by researchers at Oregon State University, stems from the fact that drug dealers are using remote forested lands to launder their profits from the drug trade.

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