Colombia's cocaine production decreases, though production of base ingredient remains level
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/27/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Cocaine production in Colombia has seen a slight drop, down 6% in 2013, the lowest figure on record. However, a United Nations report published on June 26 noted that the planting of the raw material used to make the drug, coca, has remained stable.
Members of Colombia's Marxist rebel organization the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which have utilized the drug trade to fund their five-decade-long war against the Colombian government.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Colombia is one of the world's top producers of cocaine, but production was down to 290 tonnes in 2013, as apposed to 309 tonnes produced in 2012. At its height in 2005, the nation produced 680 tonnes.
End world hunger through "prayer and action".
The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime and Colombia's justice ministry reported that coca plantations have remained as large in that same time frame, covering 58,000 hectares of the country in 2013, the same number as in 2012.
Colombia has been beleaguered by a drug war for more than 50 years, caught in a three way war between Marxist rebels, conservative paramilitary groups, and the government. This conflict remains prevalent from drug funding and millions have been displaced and over 200,000 people have been killed.
Colombia's government has been in peace talks with the Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for about a year and have reached partial agreements on several topics, including stopping the illegal drug trade.
FARC has publicly admitted its involvement in the drugs trade, a crucial first step in the peace process, but talks with anti-Marxist and anti-government drug-trading paramilitary groups remain distant. A lasting peace between the government and FARC must first be approved via a referendum and then pass through Colombia's Congress.
Regardless of the drug war, prices of coca leaves have fallen 22% since 2013, a sign that price speculation and militant involvement via agents and new producers are taking their toll, the report suggested.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed. That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
The Puerto Rican bishops' conference issued a message of hope to Puerto Ricans after Hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed much of the U.S. ... continue reading
Prayers for Puerto Rico - Residents without food, water or electricity as some facilities reopen Watch
The situation in Puerto Rico remains dire as the first shipments of food arrive. The island has been without power, or drinkable water ... continue reading
A series of earthquakes around the Ring of Fire has sparked curiosity. Except for a relatively tiny earthquake in Los Angeles on September ... continue reading
On Wednesday, Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the people of Mexico after they suffered a devastating earthquake Sept. 19, asking ... continue reading
Hurricane Maria is the greatest disaster to befall Puerto Rico in centuries. The storm has ravaged the island, leaving all its residents ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Atheist plans to build a Robot God for other Atheists to worship HD Video
- Pope Francis on the poor and paradise
- St. Gelasius: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, November 21, 2017
- Loras College announces new business school
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 HD Video
- Irish priest: Christians should stop saying 'Christmas' and 'Easter'
- Daily Readings for Tuesday, November 21, 2017
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Monday, November 20th, 2017 HD
- Catholics are sharing Christ's compassion. HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, November 19th, 2017 HD
Daily Reading for Monday November 20, 2017
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way