South American Drugs Smuggled Through Venezuela in 2010

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy estimated that in 2010, over 200 tons of South American cocaine was trafficked through Venezuela on its way to the global markets. The cocaine represented 24 percent of all cocaine shipments from South America.

Up to 40 percent of the cocaine trafficked to Europe is believed to have traveled through Venezuela.

US Officials believe that corruption in Venezuela leads to ties between the county and FARC guerrillas, who control the cocaine industry in the region.

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Estimated Number of Kidnapping Incidents in Venezuela Between 2008-2009

According to the National Statistics Institute, there were an estimated 17,000 kidnappings in Venezuela between July 2008 and July 2009. A majority of the kidnap and ransom cases appeared to be “express kidnappings,” where a person is held hostage for a day and released with a ransom payment quickly.

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