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A 1935 U.S. government advertisement warning about dangers associated with marijuana
A 1935 U.S. government advertisement warning about dangers associated with marijuana

Source: Public Domain

A Bolivian holds a coca leaf, which is traditionally chewed by the indigenous population
A Bolivian holds a coca leaf, which is traditionally chewed by the indigenous population

Source: Agencia Brasil/Marcello Casal Jr.

A poster seeking information regarding alleged Mexican drug traffickers
A poster seeking information regarding alleged Mexican drug traffickers

Source: Public Domain

A submarine for smuggling drugs that was seized in Ecuador in 2010 near the Colombia border
A submarine for smuggling drugs that was seized in Ecuador in 2010 near the Colombia border

Source: DEA

A U.S. Border Patrol agent reads Miranda rights to a Mexican national arrested for transporting drugs
A U.S. Border Patrol agent reads Miranda rights to a Mexican national arrested for transporting drugs

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

An advertisement for Coca-Cola, which originally contained cocaine
An advertisement for Coca-Cola, which originally contained cocaine

Source: Public Domain

An anti-drug operation in Mexico in 2007
An anti-drug operation in Mexico in 2007

Source: Diego Fernández

An nineteenth-century advertisement for medicinal cocaine
An nineteenth-century advertisement for medicinal cocaine

Source: Public Domain

Cocaine
Cocaine

Source: DEA

Colombian soldiers pose with the body of Pablo Escobar, the most infamous member of the Medellín cartel, who was killed in 1993
Colombian soldiers pose with the body of Pablo Escobar, the most infamous member of the Medellín cartel, who was killed in 1993

Source: Public Domain

Drugs seized by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard in 2008 and valued at more than $220 million
Drugs seized by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard in 2008 and valued at more than $220 million

Source: U.S. Navy

In 1886 John Pemberton used cocaine to produce Coca-Cola as a non-alcoholic herbal remedy to compete against the French Vin Mariani and as a response to the prohibition of alcoholic beverages in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1886 John Pemberton used cocaine to produce Coca-Cola as a non-alcoholic herbal remedy to compete against the French Vin Mariani and as a response to the prohibition of alcoholic beverages in Atlanta, Georgia.

Source: Public Domain

In the 19th century, coca earned the interests of entrepreneurs who created tonics, such as Vin Mariani, that infused the plant into an energy drink.
In the 19th century, coca earned the interests of entrepreneurs who created tonics, such as Vin Mariani, that infused the plant into an energy drink.

Source: Public Domain

Marijuana
Marijuana

Source: DEA

President Richard Nixon, who declared a U.S. 'war on drugs,' meets with Elvis Presley in 1970. In a handwritten letter, the singer asked to be appointed as a 'Federal Agent at Large' in the drugs battle.
President Richard Nixon, who declared a U.S. 'war on drugs,' meets with Elvis Presley in 1970. In a handwritten letter, the singer asked to be appointed as a 'Federal Agent at Large' in the drugs battle.

Source: Public Domain

This antique Cadillac in today's Havana stands as a reminder of Cuba's presence at the heart of the intercontinental cocaine trade in the 1950s. The Cuban capital once had the most Cadillacs per capita of any city in the world.
This antique Cadillac in today's Havana stands as a reminder of Cuba's presence at the heart of the intercontinental cocaine trade in the 1950s. The Cuban capital once had the most Cadillacs per capita of any city in the world.

Source: Flickr/ Tony Hisgett

U.S. forces intercept a vessel in the Caribbean suspected of smuggling drugs in 2003
U.S. forces intercept a vessel in the Caribbean suspected of smuggling drugs in 2003

Source: U.S. Navy