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.

According to the International Narcotics Control Board, the amount of Americans who abuse prescription drugs is greater than the number of people who abuse cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and inhalants combined.

Source:  Duncan Campbell, “International drugs body calls for global action as internet dealing rises to ‘alarming’ levels,” Guardian, February 19, 2009.

Up to $12.5 Billion worth of Colombian cocaine is shipped to Europe every year by being smuggled through Venezuela.

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Source:  John Carlin, “Revealed: Chavez role in cocaine trail to Europe,” The Observer, February 3, 2008.

Up to 17 percent of all cocaine produced in the Andes was believed to have been smuggled through Venezuela in 2007, according to Government Accountability Report.  260 metric tons flowed through Venezuela in 2007, up from 60 metric tons in 2004.

In addition, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) contributes in moving up to 60 percent of all cocaine coming out of Colombia.

 

The region of West Africa is emerging as a hot spot for black market goods, according to the United Nations.

Certain activities include:

  • One quarter of all cocaine entering Europe comes through West Africa.
  • 80 percent of the cigarette market in the region is made up of illegal, contraband cigarettes.
  • 50 to 60 percent of all medications in the region are counterfeit drugs.

 

The illegal drug trade in British Columbia, Canada is valued at $6.3 Billion. The products sold in the province consists mainly of cocaine and marijuana.

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Between 16 and 21 million people worldwide used cocaine at least once in 2007.

 

An estimated 600 tons of cocaine is trafficked out of Colombia each year.

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Coca cultivation in Colombia increased by 27 percent in 2007.

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Drug smugglers bring in between 530 tons to 710 tons of cocaine into the United States from Mexico each year.

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The market value of coca produced in Bolivia based on farm-gate prices was $180 million in 2005.

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