The drug trade is said to make up around 1% of the world’s entire financial revenue, most of which is completely tax free. There’s no doubt that the drug industry is a lucrative business for loads of people, but have you ever been curious as to how hard drugs like cocaine, heroin and amphetamine stimulants actually make their way across borders and end up in the hands of millions of users worldwide?
I know those druggies at Business Insider are, because they just put up a map of where all the ganj, blow, black tar, uppers, downers, screamers and laughers ship out from and where they go to.
It’s estimated that the worldwide selling of cocaine brings in over $85 million a year alone. Of course marijuana is the biggest cash crop bringing in large amounts of profits from all over the world. The United States, Europe and Asia have the most hard drug users who get their supply imported from other countries.
Cocaine is usually produced in South American countries such as Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, then is for the most part shipped to the United States by land or sea through Central America and Mexico. Since these routes are key to turning profits, Mexican mafias have gone to war to gain control of the transport of illegal drugs across the border.
In order to get the cocaine to Europe from South America, drug dealers often opt to use small planes or cargo ships for the deliveries and Venezuela or Brazil are known be home to many popular ports for them to use. Important points of control in Europe include Amsterdam, Madrid and right along the German borders, while most of the European methamphetamine supply is produced in small laboratories in the Czech Republic and occasionally in Slovakia or Germany as well. When it comes to less popular drugs like opium and heroin, most of it is produced in the Middle East where cartels from almost 20 countries are involved in the transport of supply.