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cocaine consumption in South America booms

Surging South America Cocaine Use a Market Boom for Crime Networks

Growth of cocaine use in South America is outpacing any other region in the world and creating an emerging market boom for organized crime groups that are...
Packages of cocaine seized by Brazilian authorities

Brazil Is Top Cocaine Transshipment Country for Europe, Africa, Asia

Much of the South American cocaine destined for global markets flows through Brazil according a UN report, and there are a number of factors that make the former...
The port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands

New Report Offers Details on Cocaine Traffic to Europe

A new report provides insight into how traffickers move cocaine to the lucrative European market, including the key trafficking routes and smuggling techniques...

Colombia Discovers ‘Giant’ ELN Cocaine Lab

A huge cocaine processing complex run by the ELN has been found in west Colombia, showcasing the guerrilla group's role in a drug trade that could soon be changing...
Mexican Marine guards seized cocaine shipment

Cocaine Seizures by Mexico’s Army Jump 340%

Cocaine is once again front and center in Mexico's drug trafficking industry. In contrast to other illicit drugs such as marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine, the...

US Intercepts Huge Cocaine Shipment off El Salvador Coast

A US anti-drug operation intercepted a semi-submersible watercraft hundreds of miles off the coast of El Salvador, seizing 8 tons of cocaine with a street value in...

‘Argentine Officials Complicit in Cocaine Lab Ring’

A former government advisor has asserted that corrupt officials have allowed a Peruvian-run criminal group to flourish in Buenos Aires and produce millions of...
Cocaine use is on the decline in parts of Europe

Is Europe’s Cocaine Market Becoming Saturated?

A new report on European drug markets suggests a significant decline in cocaine use among the continent's principal consumer countries, which could have...
Cocaine recently seized in Ecuador

Ecuador Lt Col. Arrested in 2 Tn Cocaine Bust

Authorities in Ecuador arrested 11 suspected drug traffickers -- including an active lieutenant colonel -- and seized nearly two tons of cocaine destined for...
Items seized from a cocaine lab in Argentina

Peru Traffickers Running Cocaine Labs in Buenos Aires: Report

A report on the drug trade in Argentina offers new evidence of the country’s role in cocaine production, alleging that capital city Buenos Aires is home to...
Contraband seizures in Mexico decreased in 2014

Why Are Mexico Cocaine Seizures Falling?

Mexico's armed forces seized just over one ton of cocaine in 2014, a three-fold reduction from the year before, highlighting surprisingly low interdiction rates...

‘Police Stole Cocaine Shipment in Paraguay’

Paraguay officials say police based along the Brazilian border stole a shipment of seized cocaine, more evidence of official corruption in the Southern Cone...