Drug Testing on Wall Street Results

In 2009, cocaine was found in 7 percent of failed drug tests of Wall Street employees, down from 16 percent in 2007. Marijuana was found in 80 percent of failed tests in 2009, compared to 64 percent in 2007. Amphetamines was found in 10 percent of failed tests, compared to 3 percent in 2007.

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Drug Violence in Central America

In El Salvador, the homicide rate increased by 37 percent in 2009 as there were 71 murders for every 100,000 residents. Other Central America countries had high homicide rates as well, with Honduras having 67 per 100,000, and Guatemala having 52 murders per 100,000 residents. By comparison, Mexico has 14 murders per 100,000 and the United States has 5.4 per 100,000 residents.

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Number of Drug Addicts in Mexico

According to the United Nations, 1.7 million people in Mexico consume 27.6 tons of cocaine each year. 3.9 tons of heroin is consumed within the country as well. Up to 3 million people smoke marijuana in Mexico. Officially, the Mexican Government reports that there are 428,000 drug addicts in the country.

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Cost to Build a Drug Smuggling Submarine

Drug traffickers are building submarines to transport cocaine from South America to Mexico. The cocaine is the smuggled into the United States. A typical submarine costs about $1 Million to build and can carry up to 4 metric tons of cocaine. In addition to the cost of building the sub, traffickers pay the crew manning the sub up to $25,000.

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