Cocaine production hits record high as post-Covid demand picks up in Europe

New UN report says there has been a 35% spike in 2020-21 in the production of coca, the drug’s base ingredientSouth American drug cartels have capitalised on the retreat of the Covid-19 pandemic to produce and smuggle record amounts of cocaine around the world.Production

Global production of cocaine has jumped dramatically over the past two years following an initial slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the first report dedicated to the global cocaine market from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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