Colombia launches campaign to discourage drug use

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Peñasquito in northern Colombia has reportedly become a ‘haven’ for cocaine traffickers Authorities in northern Colombia have launched an anti-drugs campaign in the town of Peñasquito. It involves…

Colombia launches campaign to discourage drug use

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Peñasquito in northern Colombia has reportedly become a ‘haven’ for cocaine traffickers

Authorities in northern Colombia have launched an anti-drugs campaign in the town of Peñasquito.

It involves subsidising birth control among people in the slums of Peñasquito who are allegedly “used” to drug use.

They hope that the money will help the population absorb the effects of cocaine addiction.

Meanwhile, police in Tumaco in north-east Colombia have made an arrest which they say links drug cartels to the ambush and torture of anti-drug police.

Image copyright MASTERS/GETTY IMAGES Image caption Cocaine has been produced and traded in Colombian jungle for decades

The kidnapping and torture took place in the regional capital, La Macarena, last November and it saw two officers killed and many others wounded.

The city has been in the news for years for its involvement in the cocaine trade.

Recent news stories have focused on the women who have had babies via artificial insemination after being held hostage in Peñasquito.

In a radio interview in May, police commissioner Andres Santamaria said the police were also pursuing money laundering cases in the city.

During the radio programme, the commissioner dismissed suggestions that the stench from the ‘cocaine hippos’ in Peñasquito might be for tourists’ benefit.

Colombia has had a troubled drug trade over the last 50 years with traffickers focused on growing cocaine in remote jungles.

The industry has in recent years focused on urban drug markets, possibly because of restrictions on the production of coca – the plant that produces cocaine.

Gangs moving into the country’s big cities have made billions through criminal activities, but they are also thought to be entering into “blood turf wars” with each other.

Image copyright AFP Image caption The drug trade has caused violence in Colombia for decades

Locals in the capital, Bogota, have previously protested the involvement of Coca Company, a major manufacturer and wholesaler of Coca Cola in the cocaine trade.

The Colombian police have attributed a substantial drop in cocaine seizures in the last decade to efforts by authorities.

Since 2010, 60% of the cocaine seized has been in the hands of traffickers from Colombia and Peru, according to the CNE national police force.

Leave a Comment