Cocaine's Influence on Nicaragua's Miskito Coast Nowhere is the influence of drug trafficking stronger than along the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, where cocaine is transforming the social fabric of traditional culture. NPR's John Burnett reports.
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Cocaine's Influence on Nicaragua's Miskito Coast

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Cocaine's Influence on Nicaragua's Miskito Coast

Cocaine's Influence on Nicaragua's Miskito Coast

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Over the last 10 years, Central America has become a major transshipment corridor for cocaine smuggled out of Colombia to the United States. Some 80 percent of the illegal cargo is carried by speedy drug boats that race along the coastline heading north to Mexico.

Nowhere is the influence of trafficking stronger than along the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, where cocaine is transforming the social fabric of traditional culture. NPR's John Burnett reports.

These Colombian fast boats, used to traffic illegal drugs, were confiscated by the Nicaraguan navy. John Burnett, NPR hide caption

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