About 1,000 tons of pure cocaine is produced globally each year with 60 percent evading police and trafficked to consumers.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) states that if marijuana, cocaine and opium was legalized and taxed, then the United States Government could receive up to $77 Billion a year.
300 tons of cocaine was trafficked through the borders of Venezuela in 2008, according to the US. Up to 40 percent of the cocaine from Colombia that is trafficked in Europe is believed that have passed through Venezuela.
Although 90 percent of the world’s opium comes from Afghanistan, less than 2 percent of the world supply is seized in the country. By contrast, the world’s largest cocaine producer, Colombia, seizes more than 20 percent of the world’s supply.
In 2008, the harvest of black market coca production in Bolivia was estimated to be 75,000 acres. The production of illegal coca was up 65 percent from previous years.
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From 2007 to mid-2009, law enforcement in Mexico seized 65 tons of cocaine and more than 9.3 million pounds of marijuana off the black market. In addition, 4,220 weapons were seized in 2006, and 9,500 weapons were seized in 2007.
90 percent of paper currency in the United States was found to have traces of cocaine on it, according to a study presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. The cities of Baltimore, Boston and Detroit lead the way with the most currency found with cocaine. In the world, China and Japan had the lowest rate, with only 20 percent and 18 percent of their currencies found with traces of cocaine.
$10 Billion worth of cocaine is trafficked through Guatemala from Colombia every year. 10 percent of the funds from the drug trafficking is used to bribe local officials.
3.2 million people in the United Kingdom used at least one illicit drug in 2008, according to the British Crime Survey.