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ADVANCED FOR USE SUNDAY FEB. 3 AND THEREAFTER In this Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 photo counter drug cocaine “snowflakes” and counter drug marijuana “leaves” that were awarded by the Coast Guard command to the USS Underwood are displayed on the bridge wing for their past counter-narcotic efforts while patrolling in international waters near Panama. In the most expensive initiative in Latin America since the Cold War, the U.S. has militarized the battle against drug traffickers, spending more than $20 billion in the past decade. U.S. Army troops, Air Force pilots and Navy ships outfitted with Coast Guard counternarcotics teams are routinely deployed to chase, track and capture drug smugglers. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

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