Members of the Honduran National Police Special Forces escort alleged drug smuggler Guatemalan Mario Ponce during his extradition to the US on Dec. 15, 2011 in Tamara, 25 kms north of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. A Honduran court overturned the appeal presented by Ponce's defense.
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Panamanian policemen smash drug packages with machetes before being incinerated in Cerro Patacon, a dump in Panama City, on Jan.18, 2012. Panamanian authorities burnt 4.9 tons of drugs — 4.4 tons of cocaine, 0.4 tons of marihuana and 0.1 of other drugs.
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Mexican soldiers burn marijuana plants at a field, in Los Algodones community, Culiacan, Sinaloa State, Mexico on Jan. 30, 2012. Mexican soldiers found a marijuana field and incinerated the drug as part of the Culiacan-Navolato operation. More than 40,000 people have been killed in rising drug-related violence in Mexico since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon deployed soldiers and federal police to take on organized crime.
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A marijuana-themed belt adorns the victim of an apparent drug-related execution on Feb. 29, 2012 in Acapulco, Mexico. Drug violence surged in the coastal resort last year, making Acapulco the second most deadly city in Mexico after Juarez. One of Mexico's top tourist destinations, Acapulco has also suffered a drop in business, especially from foreign tourists, due to drug violence in the last year.
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A police officer from an anti-narcotics unit checks packages part of a seizure of 3.6 tons of marijuana seized to criminal gangs in the municipality of Tulua, shown during a press conference in Cali, Colombia, on Feb. 15, 2012.
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Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina (R) speaks during a press conference with the US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (L) in her visit to the presidential residence in Guatemala city, Feb. 27, 2012. Napolitano arrived in Guatemala to discuss issues of terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking.
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Guatemalan President Otto Perez has re-invigorated the drug debate by suggesting the trade should be legalized in Central America.