Some 4% of the world’s population, some 300 million people, has consumed cocaine in his or her life. Approximately 70% of the cocaine consumed globally comes from Colombia.
In 2018, 18.1 million people used the illicit drug worldwide, consuming almost 2,000 tons of cocaine produced in the Andean region, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
The demand for the drug comes primarily from the United States and Europe.
Colombia has the “most sophisticated Narco-State known, thanks to the US consumer market and the production and distribution of drugs controlled by the Colombian government and the DEA,” denounced the Minister of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza .
The statements of the Venezuelan Foreign Minister, offered through his Twitter account @jaarreaza, were given in response to the statements of the undersecretary for affairs of the Western Hemisphere of the US Department of State, Michael Kozak, who without presenting evidence, accuses the Bolivarian nation of having a “narco-regime”.
This man ends up being funny: point out narco to another from Bogotá itself, capital of the most sophisticated Narco-State known, thanks to the US consumer market and the production and distribution of drugs controlled by the Colombian government and the DEA
Supplying the demand
Almost all cocaine consumed across the globe comes from Colombia, Peru and to a lesser extent Bolivia; countries where coca — the crop used for cocaine — has been common for centuries and is consumed legally by chewing the leaves or making tea.
In Colombia, the coca used to produce cocaine is grown mostly in remote parts of the country where the state has long lacked control.
Now I’m saying it, when they say that Venezuela is a narco-state, … then Colombia?