Feet and weapon of police, with custody packages containing 406 kg of marijuana and 20 kg of cocaine seized in Yacuiba, Bolivia, on the border with Argentina and Paraguay.

Argentina’s assault on drug trafficking

On the Offensive

April 2017, Number 08.02

“Drug consumption in Argentina skyrocketed during the first decade of this century. Marijuana use nearly doubled between 2004 and 2010, while cocaine use by the general population rose from about 0.3 percent in 2004 to 1 percent in 2010, according to a government report. This increase in consumption has changed Argentina’s role in transnational drug trafficking. Formerly known as a transit country for cocaine heading mainly toward Europe by ship, drugs are now smuggled across the border by land and by air. Cocaine from Bolivia and Peru is smuggled aboard illegal flights into the country or dropped from aircraft within Argentina’s borders. Some of this cocaine is consumed locally while higher quality cocaine is smuggled to its final destination in Europe or Chile.

Marijuana is trafficked from Paraguay, one of South America’s biggest cannabis producers. Marijuana shipments are often trafficked along fast-flowing rivers, such as the Parana, connecting Argentina with Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay…”

Excerpt from Martin Verrier, “On the Offensive,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 8, No. 2, 2017: 62-65.

Martin Verrier is Argentina’s national undersecretary of Counter Narcotics Policy and a Marshall Center Alumni, CNIT 2015.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.