Map: Colombia, Cocaine and Cash: Pacific Coast Routes
The White House says cocaine production in the South American country fell 25%. But a U.N. report says no. Who’s right?
The U.S. report also doesn’t explain why Colombia’s neighbors aren’t sharing in its success. Output is up in both Peru and Bolivia, which are now the world’s top two cocaine producers. That’s hardly a victory, and more likely an example of what experts refer to as the balloon effect: Squeeze a balloon in one place and it will expand in another. The Obama administration insists that the uptick in those two countries is not enough to offset the drop in Colombia’s cocaine production. Meanwhile, drug violence continues unabated in Mexico and Central America, as South American cocaine travels north.