Intelligence agencies estimate that up to 15,000 hectares land across Jamaica is dedicated to the growing of marijuana. The plant is grown in all 14 parishes of the country in areas that are hidden from the general public. Many of the grow operations take place in small plots scattered across mountain areas.
According to the US State Department’s 2014 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Jamaica is the top Caribbean supplier of marijuana to the United States and other Caribbean countries.
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In 2013, security forces in Jamaica eradicated 247 hectares of marijuana fields, destroyed 1.9 million cannabis seedlings, and seized 285 kilograms of seeds. Back in 2012, 711 hectares were eradicated, 2.5 million seedlings were destroyed and 785 kilograms of seeds were destroyed.
Source: “Jamaica largest Caribbean supplier of marijuana to the US, report says,” Jamaica Observer, March 4, 2014.
The head of a domestic cigarette manufacturer in Jamaica told the media that cigarette smuggling in the country causes the government to lose between $34 Million to $45 Million (3 Billion to 4 Billion Jamaican Dollars) a year.
Smuggling groups bring in between 44 to 50 million cigarettes into the country’s black market each year.
Source: Nedburn Thaffe, “Government losing billion$ in illicit tobacco trade,” Gleaner, June 8, 2012.
If the prostitution industry in Jamaica was taxed as a business, an estimated $58 Million (5 Billion Jamaican Dollars) a year could be generated in taxes.
Prostitutes can earn up to $470 (40,000 Jamaican) a day working on the black market.
More under the table earnings.
Source: “Legalise prostitution – Expert says move could increase tax revenue,” Jamaica Gleaner, July 16, 2011.
Jamaican authorities state that there approximately over 300 organized crime gangs operating within the country in 2010. The gangs were responsible for 26 percent of the 1,428 murders that occurred in 2010.
Source: “2011 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report-Jamaica,” United States Department of State, March 2011.
According to US Congressman Eliot Engel, 90 percent of the guns seized in Jamaica’s are from the United States.
Source: Eza Fieser, “Caribbean re-emerges as a drug corridor,” GlobalPost, June 1, 2010.
Cigarette smuggling in Jamaica brings in between 44 to 50 million illegal cigarettes each year.
Source: Alicia Roache, “Drug lords turn to cigarettes.” Jamaica Observer, April 25, 2010.