Drug Arrests of Foreigners in Chile in 2011

In 2011, around 2,400 people from foreign countries were arrested for crimes in Chile. 70 percent of those arrested and in the criminal justice system were for drug smuggling activities.

48 percent of the drug arrests were of people from Bolivia, 34 percent from Peru, and 8 percent of the foreign nationals were from Argentina.

In 2011, up to 5 percent of the jail population in Chile were of foreign nationals.

Source:  Struan Campbell Gray, “Drug trafficking is the main crime of foreign nationals in Chile,” Santiago Times, February 13, 2012.