Group to Determine Potential Cocaine Production Is Formed in Peru

By Dialogo
August 03, 2012

The Peruvian state anti-drug agency decided on July 30 evening to form a working group to determine the country’s potential cocaine production, in response to a U.S. report stating that Peru has become the world’s leading producer of that drug.

The decision was adopted by the Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Devida) after the U.S. drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, released a report in Washington that states that Peru produced 325 tons of cocaine in 2010, more than Colombia and Bolivia.

According to Kerlikowske’s report, Colombia produced 195 tons in 2011, while Bolivia’s production reached 265 tons in the same year.

Devida pointed out in a statement that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) calculated Peruvian production of cocaine hydrochloride at 302 tons in its 2011 world drug report.

The agency noted that there are “methodological differences” in the calculation of that potential production, and it emphasized that UNODC did not include in that report potential drug production amounts for Peru for the years 2009 and 2010, as it also did not do for Bolivia.

As far as Colombia is concerned, UNODC “estimates that production in the range of 350 tons for 2010,” Devida added.

With the aim of overcoming those methodological differences, Devida formed a specialized working group to determine “as rigorously as possible” the amount of cocaine hydrochloride produced in Peru.

In that work, “it can rely on the active participation of UNODC and the financial support of France,” the anti-drug agency said.

“Peru is firmly committed to decisively and comprehensively confronting the worldwide problem of drugs and their consequences,” Devida emphasized.

Sincerely, new joint policies regarding actions of intelligence, at the South America and Central America levels, should be implemented, which would allow the development of new interventions against drug trafficking and drug terrorism. The U.S. collaboration with a well-defined action policy would be essential with this coordination. The undersigned is currently drawing up a project on intelligence. It is at your disposal if you want to know it in depth.