Reportage: Coca Wars: Coca Wars

The San Antonio maximum security prison for men is heavily overcrowded due to drug arrests. Most of those arrested on narcotics charges are poor farmers while powerful drug trafficers are rarely apprehended. El Chapare, in Bolivia's central lowlands, is the country's principle coca producing region and the heart of the war on drugs.Cochabamba, Bolivia.Photo © J.B. Russell
Coca Wars, April 1996

The San Antonio maximum security prison for men is heavily overcrowded due to drug arrests. Most of those arrested on narcotics charges are poor farmers while powerful drug trafficers are rarely apprehended. El Chapare, in Bolivia's central lowlands, is the country's principle coca producing region and the heart of the war on drugs. 

Cochabamba, Bolivia. 

Photo © J.B. Russell