Latin America

In photos: the planes, pilots and clandestine infrastructure of narco-aviation

The Cessna is the most popular model for drug flights. Traffickers defy the authorities by using landing strips and make-shift control towers in the middle of the jungle. A video obtained by Univision Investiga, shows step by step a drug trafficking operation from the moment a small plane lands on a clandestine dirt landing strip until it takes off with the cargo seven minutes later, on a round-trip to and from Bolivia. Now take this unprecedented journey into narco-aviation in Latin America: the routes, the traps, the costs and the often tragic consequences of the trade that transports drugs from the jungles of Peru to the U.S.-Mexico border.

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