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Pablo's Farming Trouble: Drug Trafficking in Colombia



Pablo's Farming Trouble: Drug Trafficking in Colombia
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.27

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     challenging words:    cacao, cocaine, guerillas, heroin, marijuana, opium, plantains, violent, provided, sprays, environment, ordinary, illegal, whatever, harmful, helpful
     content words:    South America, United States, While Pablo


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Pablo's Farming Trouble: Drug Trafficking in Colombia
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Drugs can be helpful or harmful. There are helpful drugs that can fight anything from a headache to strep throat. There are harmful drugs such as heroin and cocaine, which are illegal because of their dangers to the human body. Helpful drugs are created by scientists in laboratories throughout the world. Did you ever wonder where the illegal kinds come from and how they make their way into the hands of ordinary people?
 
2     Ironically, many of the ingredients for illegal drugs are grown on farmland throughout the world. From there, the right mix is created. Then the drug is smuggled to places in the world where it can be sold for lots of money, often illegally. The combination of steps from growing the plants to selling the products in exchange for money is known as drug trafficking. One place that is known for drug trafficking is Colombia.
 
3     Pablo is native to Colombia. Colombia has the second largest number of people in South America. Colombia is known for its tropical rainforests and tropical coastal areas. In modern times, Colombia is also known for its violence and drug trafficking.

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Extended Activities:

1.  Research and write ten facts about Colombia.

2.  Find out what harmful effects on the human body cocaine and heroin may have.

3.  Design an anti-drug poster.



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