Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Colombia Is No Longer The World's Top Cocaine Producer

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime "World Drug Report 2011". The Washington Post. Published on April 10, 2012, 11:42 a.m.

US: Peru Overtakes Colombia As Top Cocaine Producer -- NBC

Peru has again become the top producer of pure cocaine in the world, outpacing Colombia, where output fell by an estimated 25 percent in a year, according to a White House report issued Monday.

Drug czar Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said Monday that potential cocaine production in Colombia was down by 72 percent since 2001. Colombia now ranks third, behind Bolivia in addition to Peru.

"Potential production of pure cocaine in Colombia is down to 195 metric tons (in 2011) from 700 metric tons in 2001, the lowest production potential level since 1994 and the first time since 1995 that Colombia is producing less cocaine than either Peru or Bolivia," Kerlikowske said in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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More News On The Decline Of Cocaine Production In Colombia, And Increasing In Peru

Cocaine production drops by 25 percent in Colombia -- AP
Colombia cocaine production drops 25%, says US report -- BBC
White House says Colombia not leader in cocaine -- USA Today
Cocaine Production Largely Declined in Colombia -- FOX News
U.S. Drug Czar Says Colombia Cocaine Output Behind Peru, Bolivia -- Bloomberg Businessweek
Colombia no longer top cocaine producer -- USA Today
White House Touts Drops in Cocaine Colombian Production, US Consumption -- US News and World Report
Peru now top cocaine producer, followed by Bolivia -- Seattle Times/L.A. Times

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