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    The Drug Trade Is Felling Central America’s Trees

    Call it “green” money laundering. According to research from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, cocaine traffickers in places like Honduras and Guatemala are pumping their illicit profits into clearing remote forests, making way for vast cattle farms that effectively mask the money’s origin. The practice threatens some of Central America’s richest forests — and the indigenous people who rely on the land. While traffickers also provide some impoverished locals with jobs and even health benefits, researchers say the increased violence and environmental destruction far outweigh those factors.

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