Illegal logging in the South American Andes between 1990 and 2010 led up to 2.4 million hectares of rainforest to be cut down in order to grow coca. The illegal logging to supply the cocaine trafficking industry represented up to 25 percent of the area’s deforestation.
40 tons of cocaine and up to 15 percent of the world’s marijuana supply is trafficked through Paraguay each year.
In 2007, US authorities seized a total of 1 kilogram of cocaine and heroin on the US-Canada border. In 2009, 18 kilograms of cocaine and 28 kilograms of heroin was seized.
According to the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, arrests for cocaine increased by 55 percent in 2009, with 753 people arrested compared to 486 in 2008. In addition, 65 percent of all drug users used cocaine in 2009, compared to 50 percent in 2008.
Up to three-fourths of South American cocaine trafficked in the United States entered through the border with Mexico.
Between 2007 and 2009, police in Rio de Jeneiro estimate that 6,000 kilograms of cocaine was produced in two of the city’s largest favelas. The street value of the cocaine produced was $46 Million.
The Cuban Government reported that 86 packets of narcotics were washed upon the shores of its island in 2009. The drug washed up to shore and found by authorities were 1,037 kilograms of marijuana, 2 kilograms of cocaine, and 31 kilograms of hashish.
A report by the House of Commons found that between 25 to 30 tons of cocaine is trafficked into the United Kingdom each year. Around 3.5 tons of cocaine was seized by law enforcement in 2009.
The US Department of State reported that in 2009, Bolivia’s cultivation of coca increased by 10 percent over the previous year. The potential production of cocaine in the country increased to 195 tons, an increase of 50 percent from the 130 tons in 2007.
The British Crime Survey reported that 437,000 people between the ages of 16 to 24 used cocaine within the past year in England and Whales. This translated to 6.6 percent of between within the age bracket using cocaine, an increase from 5.1 percent the year before.