The Drug Trade in Peru

  • Roberto Lerner
Part of the Institute of Latin American Studies Series book series


After decades of frustration, Peru in 1990 appeared to be on the verge of dissolution; the prospect of territorial disintegration was by no means inconceivable. Institutions were failing to discharge their official roles, the state was in danger of being overthrown by forces which found no formal means of political expression (Matos, 1988) and which discharged their resentment by creating alternative channels (De Soto, 1987), the ruling class lacked long-term objectives, political subversion was growing rapidly, and vast areas of national territory were being converted into coca plantations.


Psychoactive Substance Drug Trafficking Opium Poppy Drug Trade Cocaine Hydrochloride 
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© Institute of Latin American Studies 1998

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  • Roberto Lerner

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