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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Colombia Produces Record Cocaine Crop For 2nd Straight Year

We didn’t need any more data to definitively expose the many shortcomings of the US-led global prohibition on narcotics – but we got one today, courtesy of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

New figures show that cocaine production in Colombia reached an all-time high for the second straight year in 2016, as coca cultivation in the South American country surged 52 percent, spanning 146,000 hectares, compared with 96,000 in 2015. The 2016 crops produced an estimated 866 metric tons of cocaine, an increase of 35 percent compared to 2015. Meanwhile, cocaine use appears to be increasing in the two largest markets, North America and Europe.

While the UNODC said the survey results were “disappointing,” it noted that there were “some positives” in the report, including an increase of 49 per cent in seizures of cocaine - from 253 tons confiscated in 2015 to 378 tons in 2016. Of course, each seizure inevitably means some low-level trafficker – possibly working under the threat of violence – is being jailed, at an enormous cost to the public, while the seizure has little impact on the larger organization.



Anonymous said...

It is hard to destroy plants.
It is easy to lock up partakers.
It is also very easy to make a lot of money from importing drugs when the military and intelligence agencies are helping things along.

Anonymous said...

Yep 9:17 CIA and DEA have been involved since the eighties kinda makes you go uhmmm

Anonymous said...

Prohibition doesn't work. We have prisons full of drug dealers and suppliers, yet the amount of drugs coming over the border increases year by year. We confiscate billions of dollars of drugs every year, but what we take is a drop in the bucket.

Anonymous said...

thank you US military

Anonymous said...

When is the price going to drop?

Jim said...

The answer is pretty simple-- end ALL aid to Colombia till the problem disappears.

Of course, that won't happen.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately it is part of the US economic engine and isn't going away anytime soon.