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Narco-trafficking and petrol: a quarter of Colombia's fuel goes to make cocaine

The country’s drug industry thrives despite a 2016 Farc deal which helped farmers substitute coca crops for legal alternatives
Diositeo Matitui, a 67-year-old coca grower, works in his coca field in a rural area of Colombia. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images

The Colombian jungle town of Riosucio sits on the banks of the Atrato river, not far from the border with Panama. With a population of about 20,000 people, the settlement is inaccessible by main road – yet last year, 1.2m gallons of petrol were sold there.

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