CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 26, 2009: Narco-trafficking may be a problem for the Caribbean according to U.S. drug reports but compared to the rest of the world, the Caribbean represented the region where only the fifth largest cocaine busts were made in 2007.
That’s according to 2009 The World Drug Report, released this week by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The report shows that only 6,518 kilograms of cocaine were seized in the Caribbean in 2007, the latest figures available to the UNODC.
The Dominican Republic topped the list for the Caribbean country where the most coke was busted in 2007, a total of 3,804 kilograms.
Compare that to 322,767 kilograms busted in South America for 2007, the largest for any region worldwide. Interestingly, while the Middle East and Asia is also believed to have a problem with drug trafficking, only small portions of seizures were reported by the UNODC.
Cannabis or ganja seizures across the region was also far less, compared to eight other regions, with just 54,430 kilograms seized in 2007. Jamaica led the way for the region in ganja seizures with 37,444 kilograms busted for the 2007 period, which, however, represented just point seven percent of the world`s total seizure for that year. North America and Mexico led the way with the highest number of marijuana seizurea for 2007.
Cannabis, however, remains the most widely cultivated and used drug around the world, although estimates are less precise. In terms of consumption, the world’s biggest markets for cannabis are North America, the Oceania, and Western Europe.
In the Caribbean, UNODC says some 1.7 million people use ganja compared to 170,000 who are cocaine users. The average price per gram for marijuana in some countries, according to the report, ranged from US$10 to $US50 while the average price for crack cocaine was put at US$10 to US$60.