Countries Committing Unauthorized Fishing

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.

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Amount of Cocaine Produced in Colombia in 2009

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.

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Cost to Build a Drug Smuggling Submarine

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.

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