Cocaine Production

Cocaine Production

  • Colombia Holds Its Ground in Drug War of Words with US

    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the UN General Assembly

    Amid heated discord between the United States and Colombia regarding surging drug production in the South American country, Colombian officials are making it clear that they are not buckling under US pressure to harden the country's new, less draconian anti-narcotic strategies.

  • Cocaine Consumption On the Rise? Think Again

    Is cocaine consumption really rising?

    Colombia's coca cultivation boom is not only being blamed for increased cocaine consumption in the United States, it is also being held responsible for an alleged growth in local demand in Colombia. But the evidence doesn't stack up. And these unsubstantiated notions are being used to drum up support for misguided anti-narcotic policies.

  • The FARC's Riches: Up to $580 Million in Annual Income

    The FARC may have earned up to $580 million a year

    The former rebels of what was once Latin America's oldest insurgency, the FARC, continually claimed to have barely any money. And while they did have a lot of expenses, they also have traditionally sat astride territories that generate well over $1 billion dollars in criminal revenue every year. This last installment on the FARC's riches attempts to quantify the lucrative economies they used to control -- ones that Colombia's other criminal actors now wish to possess.

  • Inside Germany's Largest-Ever Cocaine Seizure: The Belgium Connection

    The Belgium port city of Antwerp

    The largest cocaine seizure ever in Germany points to the role of the port city of Antwerp in neighboring Belgium as a major entry point for drugs destined to Europe, in addition to confirming the impact of increased South American cocaine production on global trafficking trends.

  • Bolivia, Peru Cocaine Figures Show Colombia Driving Andean Boom

    Coca cultivation and production in Bolivia and Peru held steady in 2016

    Newly released data on coca cultivation and cocaine production in Bolivia and Peru shows little significant change from last year, reinforcing the notion that booming production in Colombia is the primary factor driving an increase in the amount of the drug on the world market. 

  • US Warns Differences on FARC Peace Could Cause Relationship 'Problems' With Colombia

    US-Colombia's special relationship stems back decades

    A top US anti-drug official has cautioned that "bilateral political problems" could result from differences of opinion between the United States and Colombia about how to deal with rising cocaine production in the context of the ongoing implementation of a peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla group.

  • Colombia's Coca Farmers in Legal Dilemma That May Jeopardize New Drug Policy

    Coca growers in Colombia's Putumayo department

    Colombia's government is intent on passing a law that will grant a one-year judicial immunity for small-scale coca farmers who agree to abandon their illegal cultivations, which is a provision of the government's peace deal with the FARC. Without guaranteeing that farmers will not be jailed in the short term, there is little hope that they will voluntarily switch to alternative crops as part of the government's new substitution program.

  • Europe Feeling Effects of Cocaine and Opioid Crises: Report

    Cocaine availability may be rising in Europe

    A new report indicates that the availability of cocaine and synthetic opioids is on the rise in Europe, a sign that the continent is feeling the effects of dangerous drug trends that have been gripping the Americas.

  • Record Cocaine Production in Colombia Fuels New Criminal Generation

    Colombian police move through a coca field

    Colombia is now producing more cocaine than ever before, just as a new chapter in the country's criminal history begins and the government tries to implement a peace agreement with Marxist rebels.

  • Colombia’s New Crop Substitution Plan Facing Old Obstacles: Report

    Colombia's government has set ambitious coca eradication goals

    Colombia's government has declared an ambitious plan to eradicate 100,000 hectares of coca crops by the end of the year, but an analysis of the program so far casts doubts on the ability of the government to prevent illegal armed groups from regenerating the vicious criminal circle.