Up to $8.7 Billion of drug trafficking money is laundered within Colombia every year, according to Finance Ministry. Between January 2006 and December 2010, over 42,000 suspicious financial transactions were flagged by Colombian authorities.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) identified 6 countries that engage in illegal fishing. Colombia, Ecuador, Italy, Panama, Portugal and Venezuela were all found to be committing black market activities when it comes to fishing. Illegal fishing activities included fishing during closed sessions, using illegal driftnet, and fishing without proper authorization.
In 2010, authorities in Colombia seized 200 tons of marijuana, an increase of 38 percent from 2009. Out of the total amount seized, 28 tons of marijuana had been grown using hydroponic technology in greenhouses across the country.
270 tons of cocaine was produced in Colombia in 2009, according to the US Office of National Drug Control Policy. The 2009 amount was lower then the 280 tons produced in 2008 and the 700 tons produced in 2001. 95 percent of the cocaine consumed in the United States is produced in Colombia.
Armed groups of drug traffickers are firmly established in 29 of the 32 provinces in Colombia in 2010. The drug trafficking groups have a total membership of about 13,000 people.
Half of all ships seized for drug trafficking in the Atlantic Ocean departed from Venezuela and was filled with cocaine headed towards Europe. Only 5 percent of ships trafficking cocaine were found to have departed from Colombia.
Drug traffickers are building submarines to transport cocaine from South America to Mexico. The cocaine is the smuggled into the United States. A typical submarine costs about $1 Million to build and can carry up to 4 metric tons of cocaine. In addition to the cost of building the sub, traffickers pay the crew manning the sub up to $25,000.
In 2009, 45.4 percent of coca was from Peru, 39.3 from Colombia and 15.3 percent from Bolivia. 119,000 metric tons of coca leaf was from Peru, with Colombia producing 103,000 metric tons.
Drug trafficking in Colombia led to sales of $6.6 Billion in 2008.
In the ten years between 1998 to 2008, the area devoted to coca cultivation in Peru increased by 45 percent. In 2008 alone, the area of coca cultivation increased by 4.5 percent in Peru from the previous year.