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Police agencies in Spain seized 20.7 tonnes of cocaine and 325.5 tonnes of hashish in 2012. The amount of cocaine seized was roughly 25 percent higher than the amount seized in 2011. The amount of hashish was down 8.5 percent from 2011.

The amount of cocaine seized in Spain represented 41 percent of all cocaine and 73 percent of all hashish seized in Europe in 2012.

Source:  AFP, “Spain fights to lose status as drug gateway to Europe,” Google News, April 22, 2013.

From January to September 2012, security agencies in the Republic of Kosovo seized 1,091 kilograms of marijuana, 51.5 kilograms of heroin, 7.2 kilograms of cocaine, and 153 ecstasy pills. The amount of illegal drugs seized in 2012 was higher than the amount of drugs seized in 2011.

Officials estimate that most drug users in the country are men between the ages of 18 to 35 who smoke marijuana.

Source:  Menekse Tokyay, “Turkey and Balkans battle drug trafficking,”, April 22, 2013.

People in the United States spend an estimated $18 Billion a year illegally buying marijuana on the black market.

The legal medical marijuana market is valued at $1.5 Billion a year in 2013. Industry analysts estimate that the medical market industry could be worth $6 Billion by 2018.

The worldwide market in illegal marijuana is currently valued at $141.80 Billion.

Source:  Tim Mullaney, “As marijuana goes legit, investors rush in,” USA Today, April 8, 2013.


The Nepalese Narcotics Control Bureau reported statistics that showed police in the country seized 47 tonnes of cannabis in 2012. The amount of cannabis seized in 2012 was nearly 30 percent higher than the previous year.

Along with marijuana, heroin and opium from Afghanistan and Pakistan has been smuggled into Nepal on its way to other destinations such as India

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Source:  Anbarasan Ethirajan, “Nepal steps up battle against drug traffickers,” BBC News, April 4, 2013.

Security officials in Mexico eradicated 40 percent more poppy crops than marijuana crops in 2012.

12,347 hectares of poppy was eradicated in 2012, compared to 8,670 hectares of marijuana. Back in 2007, marijuana was being destroyed at  a 50 percent rate higher than poppy, with 22,965 hectares of marijuana destroyed compared to 11,393 hectares of poppy.

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In the decrease in the trafficking of marijuana has also been dropping when looking at the seizure rates. In 2007, authorities seized 2,068 tons of marijuana in 2007, and 1,154 tons in 2012. Heroin seizures rose from 124 kilos in 2007 to 3,716 kilos in 2012.

7 percent of the world heroin market is supplied by Mexico.

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Source:  Marguerite Cawley “40% More Poppy Grown in Mexico than Marijuana: Govt,” Insight Crime, April 3, 2013.

From 2010 to February 2013, security officials in Costa Rica seized 22 tons of cocaine and 377,000 doses of crack cocaine.

Officials also destroyed almost 4 million marijuana plants within the country, and seized $10.5 Million in cash from drug trafficking organizations.

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Source:  Mario Garita, “Communities, police fight narco-trafficking,” Inside Costa Rica, March 28, 2013.

The Federal Drug Service reported that it seized 106 tons of illegal drugs in Russia in 2012.

Almost 30 tons of the illegal drugs was marijuana, and 5.7 tons was opiates.

The amount seized in 2012 was 70 percent higher than the total haul in 2011.

Source:  “Russia nets major drug haul in 2012,” RT, January 15, 2013.

The city of Osh in Kyrgyzstan is reported to be the drug capital of Central Asia, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Due to the city’s geographic location, the city is used as a key transit point for drug trafficking routes in Central Asia. Heroin is trafficked from Afghanistan into Tajikistan, and into Osh, where is it then moved to Kazakhstan onto its main destination of Russia.

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Anti-narcotics agencies in the city seized over six tons of various illegal drugs in 2012. Included in the seizures was over 76 kilograms of heroin, 51 kilograms of hashish, and over 1 ton of cannabis.

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Along with the transportation of drugs, many city residents also abuse the illegal drugs. There were 1,400 registered drug addicts in the city. but health officials believe that the number of addicts is actually 10 times higher.

Source:  “Central Asia’s ‘Drug Capital’ Fights To Stem Tide Of Narcotics,” Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, January 4, 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.

A survey released by the National Institute of Health found that the risks of marijuana use by teenagers in the United States was at the lowest levels in years.

When asked if they thought that occasional use of marijuana was harmful, 41.7 percent of eight graders said that it is. When asked if regular use of the drug was harmful, 66.9 percent of eight graders stated agreed with the statement. The percentages for both questions was at the lowest levels since the federal government started asking the age group these questions in 1991.

When the question was asked to 12th graders, 20.6 percent stated that occasional use of the drug use was harmful, and 44.1 percent stated that regular use of the drug was harmful. The reported amount was the lowest levels for high school seniors since 1979.

In 2012, roughly 6.5 percent of 12th graders smoked cannabis daily, up from 5.1 percent in 2007.

Source:  Associated Press, “Federal survey finds teens’ perception of marijuana dangers falls to 20-year low despite risks,” Washington Post, December 19, 2012.