Colombia’s Potential Cocaine Output Rose 24 percent In 2022 – UN
By The Owner. News
Coca crops in Colombia covered 230,000 hectares, about 568,000 acres, in 2022, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Monday, up 13 percent from 2021 and at its highest level in more than two decades.
Also at a more than 20-year high was potential cocaine output, which rose 24 percent to 1,738 metric tonnes.
Coca is the chief ingredient in cocaine, whose production has fueled the Andean country’s six-decade armed conflict, which has killed at least 450,000 people.
“It is worrying that each year there is an increase in coca crops in the country,” said UNODC Regional Director Candice Welsch during a presentation of the report.