August 21, 2017 / 9:41 PM / a year ago

Podcast: Mexico's war on poppies

A soldier stands guard beside poppy plants before a poppy field is destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico April 18, 2017. Picture taken April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Henry Romero

As the U.S. heroin crisis rages, the Mexican army is taking its war on opium into the poppy fields themselves. Reuters reporter Michael O'Boyle embeds with an army platoon destroying the fields that old and new drug gangs are fighting to control.

Reporting by Michael O'Boyle; Produced by Bethel Habte, Elizabeth Culliford and Yahaira Jacquez; Narrated by Elizabeth Culliford; Editing by Frank Tantillo

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