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BBC: Cocaine production reaches record levels as new trafficking hubs emerge 

Global cocaine production has reached record levels as demand rebounds following Covid lockdowns, a new report has found. 

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime said coca cultivation rose by 35% between 2020 and 2021 to record levels. 

Findings suggest new hubs for trafficking have emerged in West and Central Africa. 

The report also said traffickers were using international postal services more often to get drugs to consumers. 

“Globally, the use of parcel and courier services increased significantly during the Covid-related lockdown due to restrictions on passenger flights,” the Global Report on Cocaine report said. 

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WNU Editor: The Global Report On Cocaine 2023 is here (link here). 

US Report Says Cocaine Production Is At Its Highest Level On Record  

Cocaine trafficking surges following COVID-19-related slowdown — UN News

Cocaine smuggling and production at record high since pandemic retreat — CNBC 

Cocaine production at record levels, drug seizures rising faster: UN — Business Insider

‘High alert’: Cocaine production, smuggling on the rise after pandemic-related slowdown — NYDaily News