For the first time since taking office, Duque didn’t even mention drug trafficking after talking to his American counterpart Joe Biden last week.
Biden’s press secretary said the US president had called for a “holistic” counternarcotics approach in their first phone call, but the Colombian president had other things in mind.
Prosecutors were interrogating the husband of Vice-President Marta Lucia Ramirez over his role in drug money laundering by the capital’s real estate tycoons.
Evidence indicated Uribe conspired with the drug trafficking organization of Marquitos Figueroa whose late money launderer helped finance Duque’s 2018 presidential campaign.
All talk, no action
Defense Minister Diego Molano, who swore that in March he would kick off the aerial fumigation of coca, the base ingredient of cocaine, in March, appears to have forgotten the controversial strategy that was announced at least seven times.
Some 40 lawmakers requested the Constitutional Court to verify the government’s compliance with conditions that would allow the resumption of the controversial strategy in early June, but have yet to receive a response.
The delays and false promises make it increasingly unlikely the Duque administration will be able to resume spraying before leaving office in August next year.
Statistics lose meaning
Defense Ministry statistics indicate that the manual eradication of coca increased with more than 30% between January and May compared to the same period last year, but these statistics have lost all meaning.
The White House last week confirmed claims by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime that Colombia produced more cocaine that ever last year.
The disintegration of Duque’s counternarcotics coincides with the 50th anniversary of the War on Drugs, which is widely considered an epic failure, except by the narcos.