Racketeering by Organized Crime Groups in Peru

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

Illegal Timber Exports from 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

Illegal gold mining in Peru

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.

Drug Arrests of Foreigners in Chile in 2011

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.