Report: Colombia coca production soars 44 percent

July 2, 2015 2:57 PM

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Report: Colombia coca production soars 44 percent

QUITO, Ecuador - Colombia in 2014 saw its largest increase in coca cultivation — the precursor to cocaine — in at least seven years, the United Nations reported Thursday.

In its annual report, the U.N. said coca crops in Colombia from 2013-2014 increased 44 percent to 69,000 hectares, or 175,500 acres. As a result, Colombia’s potential cocaine production jumped from 290 metric tons in 2013 to 442 metric tons in 2014, for an increase of 52 percent.

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