HomeNewsBriefPeru Destroys Record 50 Tons of Marijuana Plants
BRIEF

Peru Destroys Record 50 Tons of Marijuana Plants

PERU / 8 AUG 2012 BY MICHAEL KANE EN

Police burned over 200,000 marijuana plants in plantations in central Peru, in the biggest ever operation against the drug crop.

According to Peru’s Interior Minister, Wilfredo Pedraza, the 50 tons of marijuana destroyed in the five-day operation amounted to 17 times more than the police had destroyed in the whole of 2011, the BBC reported. The destroyed crop, valued at $15 million in the US market, represents a record for the Peruvian National Police, according to La Republica.

Pedraza said the operation, dubbed “Moño Rojo” (Red Bow), was evidence of the success of the government’s intensified fight against drug trafficking. It began on July 27, and covered sites in the central regions of La Libertad and Huanuco. (See Reuters' video report on the operation, below.)

InSight Crime Analysis

Although Peru is most notorious for its coca production, some reports indicate that marijuana growing in Peru has been on the rise in recent years.

The United Nations' International Narcotics Control Board’s (INCB) 2011 annual report called on the Peruvian government to examine a trend of increased cannabis herb seizures. The US State Department's 2012 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report indicated a rise in cannabis seizures in recent years, but noted that the total area of cultivation is still unknown.

Last month, the police destroyed 34,000 marijuana crops in Huanuco.

Milton Rojas of the Peruvian Center for Information and Education for the Prevention of Drug Abuse (CEDRO) told the BBC that domestic consumption drives most marijuana production in Peru and that unconfirmed accounts indicated that the plants were being grown alongside coca crops.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Tags

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

PERU / 12 NOV 2010

Peru’s cheap and bountiful cocaine supply is attracting criminal groups the world over, and these criminal groups are…

ILLEGAL MINING / 3 JUN 2016

Peru's presidential frontrunner Keiko Fujimori is courting the country's sizable illegal mining population ahead of the upcoming election, a new report…

PERU / 9 MAR 2012

A pamphlet allegedly distributed by Peruvian rebels Shining Path suggests that the group's two rival factions may unify and consolidate…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…

THE ORGANIZATION

InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…

THE ORGANIZATION

Informing US State Department and European Union

1 APR 2022

InSight Crime Co-director McDermott briefed the US State Department and other international players on the presence of Colombian guerrillas in Venezuela and the implication this has for both nations.  McDermott…