Largest Quantity of Drugs for the Year Burned in Panama

By Dialogo
June 25, 2013

Panamanian authorities destroyed more than eleven tons of drugs on June 21, the largest amount seized so far this year, the police reported.

In total, 11.4 tons of drugs were destroyed in Cerro Patacón, the main garbage dump in the Panamanian capital, located on the outskirts of the city.

The authorities burned 11 tons of cocaine, 388 kilos of marihuana, 5 kilos of heroin, and over 23 kilos of precursor drugs, according to an official report.

So far this year, Panamanian authorities have destroyed over 24 tons of drugs.

In a joint operation on June 18 in the Darién area that borders Colombia, the Panamanian police and Colombian Military destroyed 4,495 coca plants and a cocaine lab.

The largest seizures occurred in 2009 and 2010, with 54 tons each year.

It is estimated that 80% of the cocaine that goes through Central America coming from South America enters the United States.

The United Nations estimates that the sale of cocaine in the North American country equals about $35 billion out of the $85 billion in sale of these illicit substances around the world.

The Panamanian authorities consider that there has been a decrease of drug smuggling through their waters as a result of law enforcement presence and Operation Martillo, a multinational counter drug effort launched by the United States and Central America in January 2012.