HomeNewsBriefReport Shows Growing Importance of European Cocaine Market
BRIEF

Report Shows Growing Importance of European Cocaine Market

DRUG POLICY / 1 OCT 2013 BY CHARLES PARKINSON EN

A new study from the EU and Ameripol has highlighted evolutions in the global drug trade sparked by growth in the European cocaine market, and bolstered calls among Latin American leaders for a debate over drug policy.

Presented in Bogota on September 30, the report "Situational Analysis of Drug Trafficking - A Police Perspective" was the result of a collaboration between the European Union (EU) and the American Police Community (Ameripol).

The report examines the evolution of organized crime and changes in the flow of drugs as new routes into the growing European market open up. According to the report, if current trends continue, Europe could soon outstrip the United States as the world's principle market for cocaine.

The report brands sea commerce "the biggest drug trafficking threat" to the world, because containers travel everywhere and in such volumes it is impossible for authorities to search more than a small percentage. It identifies one of the main new sea routes as running between Brazil and Turkey via the Suez canal -- a route which involves circumnavigating the Horn of Africa and passing through the Gulf of Aden, where piracy is rife.

Among its conclusions, the report underlines the need for greater cooperation on an international level and calls for serious consideration of the drug policy reform debate currently taking place through Latin American.

drugroutes

InSight Crime Analysis

The report reinforces one of the most significant trends in cocaine trafficking of recent years -- the growth of the European market as consumption of cocaine in the United States falls. As it points out, these market forces have inevitably resulted in the development of new trafficking routes and networks to manage them, leading to the growth of organized crime in the countries used as dispatch points, transit hubs and entry points  -- a worrying trend not only affecting Latin American countries such as Brazil, but also African and European countries.

The report's findings will also be a boost for Latin American presidents who have called for a discussion of drug policy reform in recent years, a debate most recently forwarded by Guatemalan President Otto Perez's speech at the recently opened 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, in which he again called for decriminalization of drugs in order to reduce the influence of drug trafficking groups. 

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.

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

DRUG POLICY / 20 MAY 2022

A spate of gang-related killings has caused panic in a marginalized area of Uruguay’s capital of Montevideo, raising debate about…

COCAINE / 21 DEC 2022

Venezuelan authorities claim to have destroyed 40 tons of drugs this year. But are they being fully transparent about their…

ARGENTINA / 12 SEP 2022

Synthetic drugs like methamphetamine, fentanyl, and ecstasy are reshaping Latin America's drug trade.

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Escaping Barrio 18

27 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an investigation charting the story of Desafío, a 28-year-old Barrio 18 gang member who is desperate to escape gang life. But there’s one problem: he’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

Europe Coverage Makes a Splash

20 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an analysis of the role of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport as an arrival hub for cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico.  The article was picked up by…

THE ORGANIZATION

World Looks to InSight Crime for Mexico Expertise

13 JAN 2023

Our coverage of the arrest of Chapitos’ co-founder Ovidio Guzmán López in Mexico has received worldwide attention.In the UK, outlets including The Independent and BBC…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Shares Expertise with US State Department

16 DEC 2022

Last week, InSight Crime Co-founder Steven Dudley took part in the International Anti-Corruption Conference organized by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor and…

THE ORGANIZATION

Immediate Response to US-Mexico Marijuana Investigation

9 DEC 2022

InSight Crime’s investigation into how the legalization of marijuana in many US states has changed Mexico’s criminal dynamics made a splash this week appearing on the front page of…