In this July 27, 2011 photo, people smoke as they sit in an area popularly known as "Crackland" in downtown Sao Paulo. About two decades after the U.S. emerged from the worst of its own crack ... more 
In this July 27, 2011 photo, people smoke as they sit in an area popularly known as "Crackland" in downtown Sao Paulo. About two decades after the U.S. emerged from the worst of its own crack epidemic, Brazilian authorities are watching the cheap drug spread across their country. In Sao Paulo, the first place in Brazil to have a large consumer market for the drug beginning in the 1990s, police seizure of crack went from 595 kilos in 2006 to 1,636 kilos in 2009, according to federal police. In Rio, arrests related to crack jumped from 546 in 2009 to 2,597 in 2010, according to the research arm of Rio's public safety department. (AP Photo/Andre Penner) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Andre Penner
Sun, Jul 17, 2011 12:47 PM EDT