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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

UN cocaine numbers (partial) breakdown

I'm still catching up on posts and information. I'm putting this up today, echoing what Adam Isacson has already posted with a much more thorough review.

Breakdown on latest UN drug trafficking numbers:


70% of the world's cocaine supply is transported through Mexican territory.

In 2007, 48,168 tons of cocaine were seized in Mexico (7% of the world total).

The first place was taken by Colombia with 195,135 tons (27 % of total) and USA second with 147,804 tons (21%).

A total of 994,000 tons of cocaine were produced in 2007, and 41% was seized.

The prevalence of cocaine use increased from 1.5% in 1998 to 2.5% in 2008 among people between 12 and 65 years of age.

Nonetheless, the majority of cocaine, 17.8%, is consumed in the USA.

Saudi Arabia is the principal country with global methamphetamine seizures, with 32% of the total seizures while in Mexico only 2% occur.

4 comments:

Bryce said...

Sam where do you get the tonnage numbers. According to UNODC numbers (on Adam's blog), total cocaine production is listed as 994 tons for 2007 and not 994,000 tons. Why the extra zeros?

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