According to data released by security services, India is a main supplier of illegal narcotics to countries in South Asia.
The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) reported that drugs and ingredients from India’s pharmaceutical industry is diverted to the black market. The illicit pharmaceutical pills are either trafficked domestically or smuggled on to the global black market.
In addition to prescription drugs, India provides most of the heroin that is consumed in Bangladesh. Most of the cannabis that is consumed in Bangladesh and Nepal is also produced in India and smuggled across the border.
Most of the ephedrine and pseudoephedrine uses to make meth in Myanmar is believed to have originated from India as well.
The rate of opium seizures in India has grown in the last three years. In 2009, security forces seized about 1.7 tonnes of opium in India. In 2012, over 3 tonnes of opium was seized.
14 kilograms of cocaine was seized in India in 2011. In 2012, the amount of cocaine seized tripled to 42 kilograms.
Source: “Prescription drug abuse growing in India: UN report,” Indian Express, March 5, 2014.
According to police estimates, sales of illegal drugs in Goa, India is worth $950 Million a year.
The types of drugs sold in the Western state includes all major drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana.
Drug trafficking in the popular tourist areas were previously controlled by organized crime gangs with members from Britain, Israel, Russia, as well as domestic Indian gangs.
Since 2009, security intelligence and arrests have shown that there have been an increase in trafficking gangs from Nigeria. Between 2010 and 2013, police in Goa arrested 189 Nigerians for crimes such as drug trafficking or lacking proper visas and travel documents. Roughly 40 percent of all foreigners arrested for trafficking illegal drugs in Goa was from Nigeria.
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Source: Rama Lakshmi, “Tourism crisis on India’s ‘cocaine coast’,” Toronto Star, February 15, 2014.
Havocscope recently received submitted data on the street price of heroin and cocaine in the US State of Kentucky.
According to data submitted to Havocscope, the price of heroin in Louisville, Kentucky is $100 for a half gram, and $200 for a gram.
In the city of Henderson, Kentucky, the street price of cocaine is reportedly $100 per gram.
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Source: Louisville data submitted to Havocscope, February 5, 2014.
Source: Henderson data submitted to Havocscope, February 8, 2014.
A drug dealer in Australia stated that he makes up to $30,000 (35,000 Australian Dollars) a week selling cocaine to users across the country.
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Security forces in Australia have reported that the amount of cocaine entering the country has increased in recent years. In 2011, border security officials detected 486 incidents of cocaine entering Australia. In 2012, the number of cocaine detections increased to 979. In addition to the increase in cocaine entering the county, drug dealers have stated that they have enough cocaine stockpiled to last 18 months.
It was previously reported that the cocaine abusers in Australia had a higher than average income. However, authorities in Australia have found that cocaine use is spreading out to working class areas.
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Source: “Cocaine has become Sydney’s drug of choice with drug dealers reaping up to $35,000 a week from users,” News.co.au, February 1, 2014.
According to the director of the National Focal Point in the Field of Drugs and Drugs Addictions, around 30 percent of students in Bulgaria have used some type of illegal drugs in their lifetimes.
The most used drugs by students in the country were amphetamines, ecstasy and cocaine.
The drug use by students was concentrated in the bigger cities of Bulgaria, where the illegal drug trade was more developed.
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Source: “30% of Bulgarian pupils have taken some type of drugs: expert,” Focus News Agency, January 24, 2014.
The Federal Police of Brazil reported their illegal drugs seizures for 2013.
Across the country, 35.7 tons of cocaine and 220.7 tons of marijuana were seized in 2013. In addition to the drugs, $34.1 Million in assets that were held by drug traffickers were also seized.
The border regions of Brazil has seen a large increase in crack cocaine and other trafficking activities due to its borders with Bolivia and Peru. A kilogram of cocaine is sold for about $1,200 in the border region, but when trafficked further into the country the same kilogram of cocaine can be sold at a profit of 6 times.
(The price of coke per gram.)
In addition, drug use has increased in the border towns. According to social workers in the region, a gram of cocaine can be split up into a dozen crack cocaine rocks and sold to drug users for $0.85 (2 Brazilian Real).
Source: Nelza Oliveira, “Acre: A drug-trafficking route becomes a consumer market,” Infosurhoy, January 21, 2014.
Security officials state that Paraguay is the largest producer of marijuana in South America. Most of the cannabis that is produced in the country is exported to Brazil.
In 2013, anti-narcotics forces seized 461 tonnes of marijuana in Paraguay. The amount seized was significantly higher than the 176 tonnes of marijuana seized in 2012.
Cocaine seizures in Paraguay remained stable, as 3.3 tonnes were seized in 2013, compared to 3.1 tonnes in 2012.
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Source: “Paraguay drug seizures up by 39% in 2013,” BBC News, January 1, 2013.
Security agencies in Colombia report that synthetic drugs are more popular with users that traditional forms of illegal drugs.
In the capital of Bogota, synthetic drugs are used more often than marijuana, cocaine and heroin, according to the National Police of Colombia. A study conducted in 2013 found that there were 130 points of sale in Bogota where synthetic drugs were available for purchase.
Over 45 different types of synthetic drugs are available for users in Bogota. These pills are sold by drug dealers at a wide range of prices, depending on the substance and the time of day. The reported price for a single pill of a synthetic drugs range from $5.19 to $51.90 (10,000 to 100,000 Colombian Pesos).
In comparison, the price for a single hit of Punto Rojo marijuana in Bogota is $1 (2,000 Pesos), and a single gram of low-grade cocaine is $5.19 (10,000 Pesos).
(Cocaine prices by gram.)
Source: Santiago Wills, “Synthetic drugs a new plague in Colombia,” Infosurhoy, December 27, 2013.
According to information submitted by readers to Havocscope, average price to buy cocaine in Poland is $80. In the capital of Warsaw, the price of a gram of cocaine is generally more expensive and is sold on the black market for $90 to $100. Often, cocaine is offered at a cheaper rate. However, the submitted stated that this generally means that it is not pure cocaine but rather mephedrone laced with lidocaine. The figures released by the United Nations in its World Drug Report last stated that cocaine is sold for $53 per gram.
The cost to buy marijuana was also submitted to Havocscope. The average price for a gram of weed is generally $10 in Poland, with prices going up to $20. Another submission stated that it costs $6.6 to $9.9 per gram for marijuana on the black market. The United Nations stated that marijuana costs an average of $6.6 per gram.
Source: Reader submission to Havocscope, received on December 27, 2013.