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Mexico's poppy war

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. REUTERS/Henry Romero

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. REUTERS/Henry Romero

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. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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Colonel Isaac Aaron Jesus Garcia (L) speaks to Reuters next to poppy plants before a poppy field is destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Colonel Isaac Aaron Jesus Garcia (L) speaks to Reuters next to poppy plants before a poppy field is destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Colonel Isaac Aaron Jesus Garcia (L) speaks to Reuters next to poppy plants before a poppy field is destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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Poppy plants are seen in a field before they are destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Poppy plants are seen in a field before they are destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Poppy plants are seen in a field before they are destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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Soldier walk in an area where poppy plants are being destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Soldier walk in an area where poppy plants are being destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Soldier walk in an area where poppy plants are being destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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A soldier holds a lanced poppy bulb to show how to extract the sap, which is used to make opium, during a military operation to destroy a poppy field in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

A soldier holds a lanced poppy bulb to show how to extract the sap, which is used to make opium, during a military operation to destroy a poppy field in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

A soldier holds a lanced poppy bulb to show how to extract the sap, which is used to make opium, during a military operation to destroy a poppy field in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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Soldiers destroy poppy plants during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catatlan in Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Soldiers destroy poppy plants during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catatlan in Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Soldiers destroy poppy plants during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catatlan in Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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Lanced poppy bulbs are seen in a field during a military operation to destroy the field in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Lanced poppy bulbs are seen in a field during a military operation to destroy the field in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Lanced poppy bulbs are seen in a field during a military operation to destroy the field in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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A soldier holds poppy plants after a poppy field was destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan in Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

A soldier holds poppy plants after a poppy field was destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan in Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

A soldier holds poppy plants after a poppy field was destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan in Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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Soldiers stand guard as they destroy poppies during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Soldiers stand guard as they destroy poppies during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Soldiers stand guard as they destroy poppies during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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A soldier walks among poppy plants before a poppy field is destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

A soldier walks among poppy plants before a poppy field is destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

A soldier walks among poppy plants before a poppy field is destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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Soldiers guard an area where poppy plants are being destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Soldiers guard an area where poppy plants are being destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Soldiers guard an area where poppy plants are being destroyed during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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Soldiers destroy poppies during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catatlan in Mexico, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Soldiers destroy poppies during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catatlan in Mexico, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Soldiers destroy poppies during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catatlan in Mexico, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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Soldiers destroy poppy plants during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catatlan in Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Soldiers destroy poppy plants during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catatlan in Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Soldiers destroy poppy plants during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catatlan in Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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Soldiers sit atop a military vehicle as they arrive for an operation to destroy a poppy field in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Soldiers sit atop a military vehicle as they arrive for an operation to destroy a poppy field in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Soldiers sit atop a military vehicle as they arrive for an operation to destroy a poppy field in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, Mexico. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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