Security officials estimate that racketeering by organized crime groups in Peru earn between $5 Billion to $7 Billion a year. Cocaine production in Peru is estimated to be around 325 tons per year, which generates over $1 Billion a year. Cocaine from Peru accounts for 5 percent of the 300 tons of cocaine that is… Continue reading Racketeering by Organized Crime Groups in Peru
Between 2008 and 2010, the Environmental Investigation Agency estimates that wood that was illegally cut in Peru accounted for up to 35 percent of the country’s exports of Spanish cedar and big leaf mahogany. Most of the wood that is exported from Peru is used in high-end furniture. Illegal loggers in Peru can make up… Continue reading Illegal Timber Exports from Peru
A farmer working in the cocaine trade in Peru can make up to $9,860 a year selling bags of coca leaves. If that same farmer was growing coffee instead, the farmer would make $1,554 a year. (Additional under the table jobs and illegal profits from crime.) Source: Fredric Faux, “Dispatch From The Heart Of Peru’s… Continue reading Earnings of Coca Farmer in Peru
In 2011, an 20 tones of dried seahorse was seized by police around the world. The seahorse is ground up into powder and used in Asian countries for its aphrodisiac purposes.
Half of the seahorse seizes in 2011 took place in Peru.
According to a United States Secret Service Representative, Peru produces 17 percent of all counterfeit dollars in the US.
Peru produces the most counterfeit dollars in the world.
In the first 8 months of 2012, police in Peru seized $17 Million in counterfeit dollars.
Between 2009 and 2010, over $30 Million in fake dollars were seized by police in the country. Investigators estimated that only 10 percent of dollar counterfeiters are arrested in the country. Most of the fake currency is smuggled to the United States.
According to the intelligence chief of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Peru produces the most cocaine in the world, passing Colombia.
According to the World Bank, illegal logging in Peru generates profits of $72 Million a year for illegal loggers. Up to 80 percent of the country’s total timer exports are illegal logged. Sellers can earn up to $1,700 for an illegally cut mahogany tree and up to $1,000 for a cedar tree on the black market.
In the Madre de Dios region of Peru, there are an estimated 18,000 people who are mining for gold in the area. Authorities say that up to 97 percent, or 17,460 miners, are working there without being registered as a miner. In the region, up to 50 percent of all economic activity is due to the illegal gold mining industry. The Madre de Dios region produces up to one-fifth of the gold produced annually by Peru.
In 2011, around 2,400 people from foreign countries were arrested for crimes in Chile. 70 percent of those arrested were for drug trafficking activities. 48 percent of the drug trafficking arrests were of people from Bolivia, 34 percent from Peru, and 8 percent of the foreign nationals were from Argentina. In 2011, up to 5 percent of the jail population in Chile were of foreign nationals.