News, information and statistics about cocaine abuse and the trafficking of cocaine. Data about cocaine is collected from criminal justice public health programs, drug treatment centers, security agencies and other public information sources.

United States security and intelligence officials estimate that up to 32 percent of all cocaine smuggled into the United States from Latin America is transported with the use of underwater submarines built by drug cartels. Security analysts believe that up to 120 narco subs are built by the cartels each year, costing $2 Million to build. The time to build a sub can take between 3 months to 1 year.

A single drug submarine can hold up to 12 tons of cocaine in a single trip, which equals to $4 Million worth of cocaine. It takes 4 men to work a the submarine, and the drug cartels pay the men $40,000 total for a single trip.

(More crime in the United States.)

Source:  Avi Jorisch, “Drug War at Sea: Rise of the Narco Subs,” Daily Beast, May 13, 2012.

90 percent of cocaine trafficked into the United States that was produced in Colombia and Venezuela is trafficked through Central America. More than a third of that cocaine is moved through the country of Honduras.

Source:  Thom Shanker, “Lessons of Iraq Help U.S. Fight a Drug War in Honduras,” New York Times, May 5, 2012.

In 2012, citizens of Brazil used the second most cocaine in the world, trailing only the United States in cocaine abuse.

80 percent of the cocaine abused in Brazil was trafficked in from Bolivia.

(Prices of cocaine by country.)

Source:  Brian Winter, “Brazil’s “gringo” problem: its borders,” Reuters, April 13, 2012.


A kilo of cocaine is reported to cost up to $250,000 (US) in Sydney, Australia. By comparison, a kilo of cocaine in the US-Mexico border town of Brownsville, Texas costs $16,000.

(Cost of cocaine per gram around the world.)

Source:  John Burnett, “Mexican Drug Cartel Targets Australia,” NPR, March 2, 2012.

Mexican authorities seized 10 tons of cocaine across the country in 2011, according to a report by the International Narcotics Control Board. In 2007, security officers seized 53 tons of cocaine in the country.

The drop in cocaine seizures is attributed to more cocaine being trafficked through Central America instead of Mexico due to increased security and fighting amongst the various drug cartels.

(Additional crime in Mexico information.)

Source:  Associated Press, “Cocaine seizures drop in Mexico as traffic moves to Central America, international board says,” Washington Post, February 28, 2012.

According to the Drug Misuse Statistics Scotland 2011 report, cocaine users spend an average of $181 (114 British Pounds) on cocaine every day, an increase of 31 percent over the last five years.

Heroin users spend an average of $52 (33 British Pounds) a day purchasing heroin to feed their drug habit.

(How much does heroin cost?)

Source:  Reevel Alderson, “Cocaine users in Scotland ‘spend £114 a day on their habit’,” BBC News, February 28, 2012.

In 2011, authorities in Jordan seized over 524 tons of illicit drugs such as cocaine, hashish, heroin and opium. Also seized was 9 million pills of Captagon, a stimulant drug prescribed to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  Captagon is the most common type of narcotic that is smuggled into the country.

(More substance abuse statistics and information.)

Source: Zain Khasawneh, “‘Drug, arms smuggling increased fivefold in 2011’,” Jordan Times, February 3, 2012.

According to a study published by Australian researchers at the start of 2012, around 200 million people around the world use some form of illicit drug. This is equal to 1 in 20 people around the world between the ages of 15 and 64.

203 million people use marijuana, 56 million people use amphetamines and meth, 21 million people use cocaine, and 21 million use opiates such as heroin.

Source: Katie Moisse, “200 Million People Use Illicit Drugs, Study Finds,” ABC News, January 6, 2012.

Criminal justice programs in the United States estimate that between 25 to 30 tons of cocaine was entering Honduras by air and sea in 2011. The amount of cocaine trafficked into Honduras was up to one-third of the world’s cocaine supply.

(More cocaine trafficking facts and information.)

Source: Nick Miroff, “Grim toll as cocaine trade expands in Honduras,” Washington Post, December 26, 2011.

Security officials in Honduras seized 22.6 metric tons of cocaine in 2011.

143.5 tons of cocaine is estimated to travel through the country on its way to the United States each year.

Source: Geoffrey Ramsey, “Honduras Cocaine Seizures are a Drop in the Bucket,” Insight, December 16, 2011.