Cocaine production and the cultivation of coca contributed to 0.3 percent of Colombia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2009. Cocaine’s impact on the GDP was lower in 2009 than the 1.4 percent of GDP in 2001.
An inquiry conducted by law enforcement in the United Kingdom found that 11 percent of all banknotes circulating within the country had traces of cocaine on them. The 11 percent figure in 2011 was higher than the 4 percent figure reported in 2005.
Over 8 percent of men between the ages of 16 and 29, or 100,000 young men in Australia are dependent on a stimulant drug such as speed, cocaine, ecstasy or ice.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates 440,000 kilograms of pure cocaine was consumed around the world in 2009. Around 1.1 million kilograms of cocaine was produced around the world, with 615,000 kilograms being seized and 55,000 kilograms of cocaine being lost in agriculture losses.
The Chief Executive of the Australian Crime Commission stated that cocaine traffickers sell their product in the country at markups of 8,000 percent.
Federal law enforcement officials in the United States broke up a drug smuggling ring on the border of Arizona and Mexico in October 2011. Over the course of five years, the drug smuggling ring was estimated to have made over $2 Billion in profit from smuggling over 3 million pounds of marijuana, 20,000 pounds of cocaine, and 10,000 pounds of heroin into the United States.
The United States Government provides up to $38 Million in financing for coca eradication efforts in Peru in 2011. The drug eradication program was estimated to eliminate 10,000 hectares of coca in 2011. An estimated 61,200 hectares of coca was planted in Peru during the year.
According to the United States Coast Guard, drug smugglers use custom-made submarines to bring drugs up from South America and into the United States. The subs are made in the jungle and are typically less than 100 feet long and is staffed by 5 men. The sub can hold up to 6 tons of cocaine and can travel up to 5,000 miles.
According to the medical examiner of New York City, 274 people died from overdosing on cocaine in 2010 in the city. The number of accidental deaths was lower than the 478 deaths in 2006. The price of cocaine is reported to be between $60 to $80 per gram in New York City.
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration has seen an increase in illegal drug seizures in Puerto Rico. 3,765 kilograms of cocaine was seized in Puerto Rico in 2010, up from the 2,894 kilograms of cocaine that was seized in 2009.