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Four Guyanese citizens were arrested in an operation that seized 4.2 tons of cocaine valued at $ 125 million in a vessel north of Suriname, the San Juan Coast Guard reported on February 16tg. The operation was carried out in the Atlantic Ocean, when a boat of the American Drug Agency detected the 70 feet length fishing vessel, registered in the island of San Vicente, loading the drug. San Juan Coast Guard captain Francisco Rego said this is the largest seizure in the Atlantic Ocean since 1999. EFE / DEA 
Four Guyanese citizens were arrested in an operation that seized 4.2 tons of cocaine valued at $ 125 million in a vessel north of Suriname, the San Juan Coast Guard reported on February 16tg. The operation was carried out in the Atlantic Ocean, when a…

Why Cocaine Production and Consumption Spikes in South America

According to a recent United Nations report on Narcotics, South America continues to lead global cocaine production and consumption. But the situation is…

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South America continues to lead global cocaine production and consumption, according to the UN’s 2016 International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) report, presented on Thursday.

The report attributes the increase to the amount of land dedicated to coca plant cultivation in Colombia, which from 2014 to 2015 rose by almost 40%.

The UN body also expressed its concern at the spread of plant-based psychoactive substances such as Salvia divinorum, khat, hallucinogenic mushrooms, ayahuasca and burundanga.

“In the past, they were destined solely and exclusively for the religious rites of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. However, data from the most recent surveys show that young people from other backgrounds were abusing such substances,” it says, noting that in Colombia, the use of such substances was higher than that of LSD, ecstasy or methamphetamine.

Despite all, the UN is confident that in the longer term, the peace process and the crop-replacement programs to end the cultivation of coca bushes will help to reduce drug production and use, of cocaine in particular.

As rerported in El País.

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