The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy estimated that in 2010, over 200 tons of South American cocaine was trafficked through Venezuela on its way to the global markets. The cocaine represented 24 percent of all cocaine shipments from South America.
Up to 40 percent of the cocaine trafficked to Europe is believed to have traveled through Venezuela.
US Officials believe that corruption in Venezuela leads to ties between the county and FARC guerrillas, who control the cocaine industry in the region.
Source: William Neuman, “Cocaine’s Flow Is Unchecked in Venezuela,” New York Times, July 26, 2012.