Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Dubious Honors: Britian leads EU in Crackheads

Opium and heroin from Afghanistan have been getting all the press, but the cocaine cartels have not been resting on their laurels.

According to the 127-page annual report from the UN's International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), governments need to make greater efforts to freeze traffickers' assets, improve access to drug treatment programmes and expand the range of non-custodial sentences available for convicted users.

The main findings were:

The emergence of new smuggling routes, in particular cocaine from South America being stockpiled and repackaged in west Africa before entering Europe.

Increased cultivation of coca bushes - from which cocaine is derived - in Peru and Bolivia as crop eradication programmes reduce production in Colombia.

A 17% increase in illicit opium poppy cultivation during 2007 in Afghanistan. The country now accounts for 93% of the global market in opiates.

Britain appears to have the worst crack cocaine problem in Europe. |Drug cartels running rampant, says UN - Guardian|

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