South American Cocaine Cultivation and Distribution Activity Remains High

The United States’ Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) reported that cocaine cultivation and distribution is still at an all-time high in Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia.

“Elevated cocaine production levels across South America represent a persistent security challenge for Andean countries and a public health threat in the United States,” said the ONDCP report.

According to the ONDCP, coca cultivation and cocaine production in Colombia is at 234,000 hectares and 972 metric tons in 2021 alone.

In Bolivia,  there were 39,400 hectares with a potential to produce 312 tons of cocaine, a decrease from 2019’s 42,180 hectares.

Peru’s coca crops also decreased in 2021 but remained high at 84,400 hectares and  could produce 785 metric tons of cocaine. 

The White House said it is working with its partners in South America to reduce the production of cocaine and to prevent overdoses and drug trafficking activity in the US.

“The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to continuing close cooperation with our partners in South America to address our shared challenge of drug production, trafficking and use,” said Dr. Rahul Gupta, Director of ONDCP.

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