Cocaine Users in Switzerland

Between 4 to 5 tones of cocaine is trafficked into Switzerland every year. The black market value of the cocaine is estimated to be worth $535 Million (520 Million Swiss Francs).

Out of a population of 8 million people, Federal Police in Switzerland estimate that between 25,00 to 32,000 people are regular users of cocaine. An additional 36,000 to 44,000 occasionally use cocaine in the country.

In 2011, law enforcement seized 401 kilograms of cocaine.

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Cocaine Use in Switzerland Highest in Europe

A study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, cocaine use in cities in Switzerland is among the highest in Europe.

Everyday, up to 1.5 grams of cocaine is consumed by every 1,000 citizens in the Swiss cities of Bern, Geneva, Lucerne and Zurich.

In other European cities such as Barcelona, London, Milan and Paris, between 0.5 to 1 grams of cocaine is used by every 1,000.

Norther European cities had the lowest reported levels of cocaine use, with Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki registering 0.15 grams of cocaine use daily per 1,000 residents.

Across Europe, up to 356 kilograms of cocaine is consumed each day, which is 10 to 15 percent of the total global cocaine consumption.

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South American Drugs Smuggled Through Venezuela in 2010

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy estimated that in 2010, over 200 tons of South American cocaine was trafficked through Venezuela on its way to the global markets. The cocaine represented 24 percent of all cocaine shipments from South America.

Up to 40 percent of the cocaine trafficked to Europe is believed to have traveled through Venezuela.

US Officials believe that corruption in Venezuela leads to ties between the county and FARC guerrillas, who control the cocaine industry in the region.

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2 Percent of Cocaine Value Remains in Colombia

According to a study by two economists at the University of the Andes in Bogota, only 2.6 percent of the total street value of cocaine produced in Colombia remains in the country. The other 97.4 percent of the profits and money goes to the drug trafficking cartels and is laundered through banks in first-world countries.

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