Amount of Oil Stolen by Cocaine Producers in Colombia

In the first 9 months of 2012, security forces in Colombai reported an average of 512 barrels of oil per day being stolen. Security officials state that the high level of oil theft are being conducted by drug trafficking who use the stolen oil to produce cocaine.

According to the United Nations, producing one kilogram of cocaine requires between 74 to 86 gallons of oil.

Since beginning patrols in the second quarter of 2012, police have seized 21 cocaine refineries, 53 tanks that were used to process oil, and 226,000 gallons of stolen crude oil.

Source:  Heather Walsh, “Colombia Combats Martians Robbing Crude for Cocaine Labs,” Bloomberg, October 5, 2012.