Cocaine

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.

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 of the forests was done in order to create land needed to plant coca and to contribute to the cocaine production industry. These types of illegal logging connected to drug trafficking represented up to 25 percent of the area’s deforestation.

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Source:  Brenden Borrell, “The Greenest High,” Slate May 4, 2010.

40 tons of cocaine and up to 15 percent of the world’s marijuana supply is smuggled through Paraguay each year.

Source:  Associated Press, “Brazil, Paraguay fight narcos with border security,” Google News, May 3, 2010.

In 2007, US authorities seized a total of 1 kilogram of cocaine and heroin on the US-Canada border.

In 2009, the amount of illegal drugs seized by US security personnel increased to 18 kilograms of cocaine and 28 kilograms of heroin.

In addition to heroin and cocaine, marijuana seizures increased. In 2007, 2,792 kilograms of marijuana was seized on the northern border. In 2009, 3,423 kilograms was seized.

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Source:  Associated Press, “NY’s Schumer wants northern border drug plan; Ecstasy, marijuana, heroin increasingly found,” Los Angeles Times, April 21, 2010.

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.

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Source:  Daily Telegraph, “Drug arrests up as Sydney gripped by cocaine fever,” Herald Sun,  April 19, 2010.

Up to three-fourths of South American cocaine trafficked in the United States entered through the border with Mexico.

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Source: “US pledges help to fight Caribbean drug trafficking,” BBC News, April 17, 2010.

Between 2007 and 2009, Brazilian security forces 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 cocaine that was produced was $46 Million.

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Source:  Tom Phillips, “Rio de Janeiro police occupy slums as city fights back against drug gangs,” Guardian, April 12, 2010.

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.

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Source: “2010 International Narcotics Control Strategy: Cuba,” United States Department of State, March 1, 2010.

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 security agencies in 2009, or 10 percent of the total amount of cocaine entering the country.

Source:  Thomas Penny, “Cocaine Seizures Are ‘Woefully Inadequate,’ U.K. Lawmakers Say,” BusinessWeek, March 3, 2010.

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.

Source:  AFP, “Mexican drug lords face ‘existential threat,’ US says,” Yahoo News, March 1, 2010.

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.

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Source: Amardeep Bassey, “Teen cocaine use on the rise as more seek treatment,” BBC News, March 1, 2010.