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.

A survey of drug users in Australia found that 60 percent of cocaine users in the country had above-average income, with 25 percent earning over $103,000 (100,000 Australian).

The price of cocaine in Australia was reported to be $310 (300 AUS), with “luxury” cocaine being sold for $415 to $466 (400 to 450 AUS). The luxury cocaine is sold with the promise of having a higher quality, and most of the users who purchased the more expensive cocaine stated that it was worth it.

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Source:  Kate Hagan, “Paying through the nose for cocaine,” The Age, March 19, 2013.

An estimated 140 tons of cocaine is consumed each year in the European Union.

Source:  Karafillis Giannoulis, “EU against drug trafficking in West Africa,” New Europe, March 18, 2013.

The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) reported that there were 298,752 users of heroin and crack cocaine in England during the 2010-2011 time period. The number of those two drugs were lower than the 332,090 users in 2005-2006.

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The number of heroin and crack cocaine users entering drug treatment programs was 47,210. Back in 2006, there were 64,288 users entering treatment programs.

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In the 2009 to 2010 period, there were 306,150 users of heroin and crack cocaine in England.

Source:  Alan Travis, “Number of heroin and crack cocaine users falls to record low, figures show,” Guardian, March 6, 2013.


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported that the value of cocaine trafficked through West Africa and sold in Europe was worth $1.25 Billion at the end of 2012. The value of the cocaine increased from the estimated $800 Million in June 2011.

Source:  Associated Press, “Cocaine from West Africa gets billion in Europe,” Jakarta Post, February 26, 2013.

A kilogram of cocaine that is produced in South America costs between $1,000 to $2,000. It is then smuggled across the Pacific Ocean to Bali, Indonesia, where it is sold to drug traffickers at a price between $20,000 to $90,000.

The cocaine is then sold to Australia for it is sold for $250,000.

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Source:  Kathryn Bonella, “The darker side of Bali: Drugs, mules and tourism,” CNN, February 25, 2013.

Drug traffickers at the border of Brazil pay $50 per kilogram of cocaine that is being smuggled into the country from Bolivia. The cocaine is then moved further inland and sold for $250 per kilogram. Then, traffickers finally sell the kilogram of cocaine for $6,000 in major Brazilian cities such as Sao Paulo.

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Source:  Juan Forero, “Brazil tries to fight cocaine trafficking at huge, porous borders,” Washington Post, January 24, 2013.

At the largest seaport in Italy, Gioia Tauro, duffel bags filled with cocaine is smuggled into the country through shipping containers that were packed in Central or South America. The bags are filled with super-pure cocaine weighing about 40 to 45 kilograms. The bags are light enough that one man can quickly lift and remove the bag before Customs inspectors can search the container.

The cocaine in each bag has a wholesale value of $3 Million (€2.25 Million). If all of the cocaine in a single bag was sold on the streets of Europe, the value of the cocaine would be $12 Million (€9 Million).

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Police seized over two tons of cocaine at the port of Gioia Tauro in 2012, more than double the amount of cocaine seized in 2011. However, according to the Interior Ministry, 90 percent of these types of bags are able to reach its destination and passes through Customs in Italy.

Source:  Steve Scherer, “Insight: Smuggling, soccer and the mafia,” Reuters, January 24, 2013.

Three babies are born every day in the United Kingdom who are addicted to heroin or other illegal drugs.

Birth statistics from the Department of Health  shows that over 5,500 babies have been born within the past 5 years who were addicted to heroin, crack cocaine and other drugs at the time of their birth.

The babies are given opiates within their first few hours of life in order to help the baby deal with “neonatal withdrawal symptoms”.

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Throughout the UK, an estimated 350,000 children are believed to be living with parents who abuse illegal drugs.

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Source: Amanda Williams, “Drug addict babies: Three born every day are already hooked on heroin and cocaine,” Daily Mail, January 2, 2013.

Criminal justice programs in Venezuela announced that over 45 tons of illegal drugs was seized in the country in 2012. Over 60 percent of the illicit drugs were cocaine, with 27.17 tons of cocaine being seized by police. The remainder of the drugs were mostly marijuana seizures.

In addition to the drugs, authorities in Venezuela arrest 20 major drug traffickers. Between 2006 and 2012, security agencies across the country reported 95 major traffickers were arrested in Venezuela.

36 clandestine landing strips and 18 planes that were used for transporting narcotics were also seized by police in 2012.

Source:  Edward Fox, “Venezuela Narcotics Seizures Up in 2012,” Insight Crime, December 21, 2012.

Anti-Narcotics officials in Bolivia reported that 37 cocaine processing labs were discovered within the country and 36 tons of cocaine was seized by police during 2012. Most of the cocaine seized in the country was smuggled from Peru.

In addition to the labs, law enforcement agencies seized 10 planes and destroyed 10 landing strips that were being used to trafficking cocaine.

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Source:  Jack Davis, “Bolivia Seized 10 Narco Planes in 2012,” Insight Crime, December 20, 2012.