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Analysis: Uruguay joins US “war on drugs” despite its long and checkered history

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The government of Luis Lacalle Pou is seeking the cooperation of the United States to address the growing drug trafficking issue. To this end, Interior Minister Jorge Larrañaga has renewed cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The DEA is an enforcement arm -but not the only one- of the US "war on drugs" strategy.

Larrañaga considers that "unless we wage this war decisively, with all the costs it may entail, we will have many tragedies in our national life."

The "war on drugs," started by President Richard Nixon in 1971, unfolded . . .

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