Wednesday, September 28, 2022

United Nations: Colombia produces more cocaine with fewer crops

Quito ( Associated Press) – Colombia increased cocaine production by 8% in 2020, although it has fewer crops and produces coca leaf, the representative of the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime for Peru and Ecuador said on Monday.

At a press conference at the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Antonino De Leo specified that global manufacturing of cocaine has increased in recent years, driven mainly by Colombia, which remains the largest producer of cocaine in the world, where less coca With the U.S., drugs have been produced through the use of more complex technology and a combined increase of 16.5% between Peru and Bolivia.

Colombia had 143,000 hectares of coca registered in 2020, which equates to a 7% decrease from the previous year. While the potential manufacture of cocaine increased by 8% to 1,228 tonnes.

Increased levels of cocaine production have been reported where, despite an apparent decrease in the area of ​​coca bush crops, there was a continued concentration of crops in areas with high yield levels and “with sophisticated technical know-how for production,” he said. Insisted.

De Leo also indicated that Ecuador is the third country to have seized the most drugs worldwide with 6.6% of the 1,500 tonnes of cocaine seized in 2020, behind Colombia with 41% and the United States with 11% . ,

“The cocaine market is booming,” said De Leo, who specified that new historical highs have been recorded for the manufacture and consumption of cocaine and claimed production to increase by 11% in 2020 to a record 1,982 metric tons reached.

Ecuador is located between two major drug producers, especially cocaine, such as Colombia and Peru, who often use the Ecuadorian region to export to North America, the world’s largest consumer, Europe, and other markets.

De Leo explained that although the main markets are North America and Europe, there is evidence that it is spreading to countries in Africa and Asia, where the drug comes by sea, especially in containers.

“Cocaine not only goes to the main markets, more seizures have been detected, with countries like Russia, China and India being the final destinations,” he said.

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