United States Law Enforcement officials estimate that up to 32 percent of all cocaine smuggled into the United States from Latin America is transported with the use of underwater submarines built by drug traffickers
90 percent of cocaine trafficked into the United States that was produced in Colombia and Venezuela is trafficked through Central America. More than a third of that cocaine is moved through the country of Honduras.
In 2012, citizens of Brazil used the second most cocaine in the world, trailing only the United States in cocaine usage. 80 percent of the cocaine abused in Brazil was trafficked in from Bolivia.
A kilo of cocaine is reported to cost up to $250,000 (US) in Sydney, Australia. By comparison, a kilo of cocaine in the US-Mexico border town of Brownsville, Texas costs $16,000.
Mexican authorities seized 10 tons of cocaine across the country in 2011, according to a report by the International Narcotics Control Board. In 2007, security officers seized 53 tons of cocaine in the country. The drop in cocaine seizures is attributed to more cocaine being trafficked through Central America instead of Mexico due to increased security and fighting amongst the various drug cartels.
According to the Drug Misuse Statistics Scotland 2011 report, cocaine users spend an average of $181 (114 British Pounds) on cocaine every day, an increase of 31 percent over the last five years. Heroin users spend an average of $52 (33 British Pounds) a day purchasing heroin to feed their drug habit.
In 2011, authorities in Jordan seized over 524 tons of illicit drugs such as cocaine, hashish, heroin and opium. Also seized was 9 million pills of Captagon, a stimulant drug prescribed to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Captagon is the most common type of narcotic that is smuggled into the country.
According to a study published by Australian researchers at the start of 2012, around 200 million people around the world use some form of illicit drug. The equals of around 1 in 20 people around the world between the ages of 15 and 64. 203 million people use marijuana, 56 million people use amphetamines and meth, 21 million people use cocaine, and 21 million use opiates such as heroin.
Law enforcement officials in the United States estimate that between 25 to 30 tons of cocaine was entering Honduras by air and sea in 2011. The amount of cocaine trafficked into Honduras was up to one-third of the world’s cocaine supply.
Law enforcement officials in Honduras seized 22.6 metric tons of cocaine in 2011. 143.5 tons of cocaine is estimated to travel through the country on its way to the United States each year.