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  • INSIDE: COCAINE SUBMARINES

INSIDE COCAINE SUBMARINES FACTS


  • It is estimated that nearly 2.1 million Americans use cocaine regularly every year.

  • Nearly 970 metric tons of pure cocaine is produced in South America.

  • Of the 250 varying types of coca plants, only three are widely used in drug trade.

  • The largest cocaine seizure in U.S. History was in 2007 when nearly 20 metric tons of cocaine was confiscated.

  • There are over 412,000 acres of coca cultivated worldwide.

  • The penalties for trafficking cocaine range from 5 years to life in prison.

  • In 2007, there were 7,225 reported clandestine coca processing laboratories between Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia.

  • In 2008, about 70,000 pounds of cocaine were seized from semi-subs.

  • A recent study found that 90 percent of dollar bills collected from around the country contained traces of cocaine.

  • In the last three years over 120 drug subs have been detected between the coast of Colombia and Mexico.

  • A fully loaded semi-sub can cost nearly $10 million including boat and cocaine production costs, but can pull in a $200 million profit.

  • There are an estimated 15.6 to 20.8 million cocaine users worldwide.

  • The effects of cocaine last between 5 and 30 minutes.

  • Cocaine is the second most commonly used drug in the US.

  • The amount of cocaine available for consumption worldwide is estimated at 584 metric tons.

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