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Drugnet Europe News from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction — October–December 2007

Record amount of cocaine seized

Other factors also point to an upward trend in cocaine use, 'confirming the growing importance of cocaine in Europe’s drug problem', says the report. Both numbers of cocaine seizures and quantities seized increased in Europe between 2000 and 2005. In 2005, there were an estimated 70 000 cocaine seizures amounting to a record 107 tonnes, up over 45% on quantities seized in 2004.

The main point of entry of cocaine into Europe remains the Iberian Peninsula and there have been marked increases in cocaine seizures and quantities seized in both Spain and Portugal. Spain accounted for around half of the total number of seizures and the greatest volume intercepted (48.4 tonnes in 2005, compared with 33.1 tonnes in 2004). And Portugal overtook the Netherlands as the country with the second largest quantities intercepted (18.1 tonnes in 2005, compared with 7.4 tonnes in 2004).

Most cocaine seized in Europe enters the continent from South America or via Central America and the Caribbean, with West African countries increasingly being used as transit routes.

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