Largest Drug Seizures in History

Drug Bust Location Year Drugs Seized Street Value
San Francisco 1991 1080 lbs of Heroin $4 billion
Middle East 2009 30 tons of Captagon Pill materials $1.6 billion
Los Angeles 1989 21.4 tons of Cocaine $6 billion
Colombian Jungle 1982 14 tons of Cocaine $1 billion
Panamanian Ship 2007 42,000 lbs of Cocaine $600 million
Helmand Province, Afghanistan 2010 5.7 tons of Heroin / 11.3 tons of Opium / 841 kg Hashish $1.1 billion
Colombia 2005 13.8 tons of Cocaine $350 million
Afghanistan 2010 30 tons Hashish $300 million
Saudi Arabia 2009 11,464 lbs of Hashish $10 million
Colombia 2010 33,450 blocks of Cocaine / $2.8 million Cash $360 million
Mexico City 2007 Cash from the sale of Methamphetamines $205 million
Colombia 2013 3.3 tons of Cocaine $75 million

A UN report said "the global drug trade generated an estimated $321.6 billion in 2003. Due to its illicit nature, statistics about profits from the drug trade are largely unknown. In December 2009, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, claimed that illegal drug money saved the banking industry from collapse.

Statistic Verification
Source: CNN, Federal Bureau of Investigations, ABC News, United Nations
Research Date: August 26th, 2015

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