En Portada gets inside the cocaine market.
The team follows the dangerous routes used by the cocaleros to transport the coca leafs.
In Bolivia, the coca is more than a plant. It is a symbol of its social and political identity for most of its citizens. But this is a cursed plant. Its legal and traditional use is very spread among the indigenous population and it is used, among other things to fight tiredness and the altitude sickness, very typical from the Andes.
But the coca leaf has an alkaloid, cocaine, that turns it into a very valued good for drug traffickers.
The cocaine road details the long process from the crops to its sale in local markets and the transport by roads, like the Yungas, considered the most dangerous road in the world.