Largest Drug Seizures in History
Statistic Verification
Source: CNN, Federal Bureau of Investigations, ABC News, United Nations
Research Date: 5.4.2013
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.
Drug Bust LocationYearDrugs SeizedStreet Value
San Francisco19911080 lbs of Heroin$4 billion
Middle East200930 tons of Captagon Pill materials$1.6 billion
Los Angeles198921.4 tons of Cocaine$6 billion
Colombian Jungle198214 tons of Cocaine$1 billion
Panamanian Ship200742,000 lbs of Cocaine$600 million
Helmand Province, Afghanistan20105.7 tons of Heroin / 11.3 tons of Opium / 841 kg Hashish$1.1 billion
Colombia200513.8 tons of Cocaine$350 million
Afghanistan201030 tons Hashish$300 million
Saudi Arabia200911,464 lbs of Hashish$10 million
Colombia201033,450 blocks of Cocaine / $2.8 million Cash$360 million
Mexico City2007Cash from the sale of Methamphetamines$205 million
Colombia20133.3 tons of Cocaine$75 million

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