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 SEPTEMBER 2017
Parishes. That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.
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
Hundreds dead, missing as Mexico City recovers from massive quake that hit just two hours after nationwide earthquake drill Watch
A massive quake rocked Mexico City on the anniversary of the city's 1985 disaster. The quake, which measured 7.1 on the moment magnitude ... continue reading
Following Mass during his five-day trip to Colombia, Pope Francis on Friday offered prayers for those affected by a major earthquake in ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Is Pope Francis a heretic? Formal letter of correction made public
- Trump speech rocks NFL as more players protest during Anthem HD Video
- Sts. Cosmas & Damian: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, September 26, 2017
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 HD Video
- Elizabeth Warren - Another liberal hypocrite, scam artist exposed
- Daily Readings for Tuesday, September 26, 2017
- Church tricked into hosting satanic fashion show
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Monday, September 25th, 2017 HD
- Woman photographs angel in flight, is it here to deliver a message? HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, September 24th, 2017 HD