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News (Media Awareness Project) - CN BC: PUB LTE: Cocaine Seizures A Drop In The Bucket
Title:CN BC: PUB LTE: Cocaine Seizures A Drop In The Bucket
Published On:2012-01-13
Source:Goldstream Gazette (Victoria, CN BC)
Fetched On:2012-01-15 06:00:19

The Canadian and B.C. governments claim to making ground in the war
on drugs, but a quick look at the estimates of regional cocaine flows
suggests this is only a fraction of the amount which passes through
America into the country.

These so-called "drug busts" are heralded as a trophies in the
struggle authorities are waging against drug trafficking.

However, such self-congratulatory acts may not be entirely warranted.

If the percentage of seizures are applied to the United Nations
Office on Drugs and the RCMP's crime estimates that some 165 metric
tons of cocaine is consumed in North America annually, it would mean
that around 143 tons of the drug pass through Honduras into the U.S.A
and Canada, potentially, annually.

The claims represents a drop in an Olympic size swimming pool of the
total cocaine shipped, and has only worsened in recent years.

This is unlikely to change in the future, as the governments are
notoriously in denial. In addition, are the thousands of illegal
weapons that have ended up on the black market. Maybe it is time for
a re-think?

William Perry

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