To the west of the country, the Sierra de Perijá, a stretch of both mountains and plains, traces the conflictive border zone between Colombia and Venezuela. The region's inhabitants are, today, a mixture of indigenous groups, cattle farmers, both rich and humble, and the inevitable generational pool of all three.
It was a death threat, sent by text to the mobile telephone of a lawyer in Colombia, South America. The message, translated from the Spanish and sanitised for the firewalls, said: "Hi, b*stard dogs. You have already done your bit, now it's our turn. Get all those b*stards together for your and your buddies' funerals. But calm down - we will send you a nice bunch of flowers."
In life, Colombia's 1989 presidential candidate, Luis Carlos Galan, was South America's version of JFK; charismatic, visionary, admired and fearless. More than 20 years after his murder the comparisons to JFK continue.
Is demand for cocaine here in the UK and elsewhere contributing to violence and environmental damage in Colombia? Yes. It is nonsensical to deny this. We are all responsible for our own actions. That prohibition makes things vastly worse says nothing about a personal choice made in the knowledge of the damage the drug trade inflicts today.