Wednesday, May 31, 2023

The unexpected crisis of the cocaine business in Colombia

When the drug dealers disappeared, Carlos can’t buy nuggets Coca Cola which are accumulated in your house. Before I had received it much money to them, but unwary drop about economy about medicine It doesn’t have to crisis to these the peasants in Colombia

Hey cook The 36-year-old speaks softly and uses a fake name because of fear revenge of* armed groups who work near the village.

In an interview with AFP, he explains everything calculations They lie with you: two villages hectares from the base of the plant cocaine it cost him something hundred 660; but he thinks that with luck he can recover $154 as part of the unprecedented phenomenon. low prices and to a few clients. It was the first harvest in four years.

With the hands cut in half and drawn, the herds “raspachines” or expert leaf removersThey proceed in the midst of the green sea of ​​* drug crops in Llorente, a municipality in the part of Nariño (south).

bags of * coca leaf they reach the hands of Charles, whom he crushes mix with alchemists, cement and gasoline to get something in the little stove White stones.

Before the customers rained on him drug trafficking but he did not find a market for more than a month eight kilograms DEPCoca pole which he keeps in plastic bags under his bed.

“The price they are bad, says llaboratory. “It’s the only option” to make safe”, he adds, worried about the future daughter of 15 years, who wants to go to university and another who is ten.

The rise of synthetic opioids such as fentanylthe Coca overproduction and shots at posters There are some hypotheses of experts, developers and authorities before the so-called apparent collapse “kitchen bonanza”“of” Colombia the ocean of the producing world of c *ocaine.

certainly about money 250,000 families That is, 1.5% of hundreds of thousands of Colombians depend on that crop, according to official figures.

-Blows to the narco-

Discrimination along the coast Pacific Colombian. In this very poor country dominated by dissidents FARC guerrillas who had left the 2016 peace agreement 44% planted of 204,000 hectares of * drug crops Colombia, according to the most recent United Nations figures (2021).

In the municipality of Olaya Herrera, farmer Nilson Solis feels the crisis: “Iam the Coca economy not much to survive, previously coca had a more or less good price (…) but now for a time fell”He says that it is in the middle of his plantation attached to his house.

The authors try to find answers to the contradiction. Colombia broke the record for hectares Coca plant two years ago, but at the beginning of 2013 the treasurers pass labors

Felipe Tascón, director of the government’s volunteer program, agrees “non-aggression pact” before the court FARC broke and ended the order posterity It is also to think a “production”.

For Iuliano Quintero, director of the NGO in the . consumption of psychotropic substances Give a head, coca has more and more “Alkalinity and yield”“, to produce fewer films cocaine

– Change of “tasted” –

President on April 13 Gustavus Peter visited Olaya Herrera, where a kilogram of pasta went from costing an average of 795 dollars to the largestand 440 dollars.

It is “likely that low demand” Coca Cola“It has to do” with that America’s they changed their consummation tastes” said the president.

In USA where 97% of the cocaine It is of Colombian origin, it is a multiplication synthetic opioids like a pill fentanyl more addictive than beer.

For the fifth, the cocaine has become a drug for consumers “of” the prince’s acquisition of power executives who work long hours and seek to support older adults. But the estimations like ecstasy in “minor peoples” are attracted by “feelings of affection, of love, of dance”.

Peter also went so far as to take care that the devaluation of currency local due to lack of circulation Dollar from drug trafficking According to the Global Commission on Drug Policy, mafia money represented 2 to 3% of GDP.

Hey hunger grows up in * Coca growing areas and the great shops are empty, without a clear answer to the riddle. The peasants in the frontiers Venetian Certainly the AFP had faced a crisis with the extradition to a US prison “Othniel” the leader of the greatest connexion which Sinus Clav.

It is already the beginning of the sun to look for each other although logging. “When we take stock [de las cosechas] we have nothing left,” he said. Hardly enough to “buy” a pound of rice and a little oil, he concludes.

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