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Is the United States current policy on drug traffickers taking any valuable effect Is the price of spending all of the money and aid to Colombia benefiting the United States or is it only hurting our country With the current policy I do not believe that much is being prevented in the way of narcotics being smuggled in from Colombia Three-quarters of the worlds cocaine is produced in Colombia from locally-grown coca and from coca products imported primarily from Peru and to a lesser extent from Bolivia Current estimates indicate that cocaine from Colombian leaf is about 15 percent of the worlds total potential However recent photography shows that different varieties are also under cultivation Although Colombia has surpassed Bolivia in coca cultivation since 1995 DEA Drug Inforcement Agentcyestimates that Bolivian coca produces more cocaine from an equal amount of leaf Colombia is also an important source of marijuana opium poppy and processed heroin According to USG United States Government estimates Colombian produces 65 mt of heroin per year and about 600-700 mt of cocaine Colombia is the center of the international cocaine trade with drugs flowing out of the country at a stable and constant rate according to US law enforcement estimates Colombian traffickers import cocaine base primarily from Peru and some from Bolivia convert it as well as locally-produced base into cocaine at clandestine laboratories and smuggle the finished product abroad Political Evironment Imported cocaine raw materials are transported by air and increasingly by water routes Cocaine shipments out of Colombia are by sea multi-ton shipments or general aviation aircraft 400-800 kgs shipments to Mexico Central America and the Caribbean or concealed in legitimate air and sea cargo destined for the US and European ports Most heroin shipped to the US from Colombia is believed to be carried by couriers on commercial flights The United States formed hostile strategy toward the former president of Colombia
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