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Peru and Bolivia have become the world’s largest cocaine producers after Colombian capacity to produce the drug fell to its lowest since 1994, according to a U.S. government estimate.
Colombia’s output capacity fell 25 percent last year to 195 metric tons, according a report released in Washington today by Gil Kerlikowske, director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy. That’s 72 percent less than a peak of 700 tons in 2001, the report said. Peru produced 325 tons of cocaine in 2010, while Bolivia produced 265 tons in 2011, according to the report.
The U.S. estimate follows a report published by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime last week, which found that land in Colombia dedicated to production of coca, the raw material for making cocaine, climbed last year for the first time since 2007.
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