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Caribbean reemerging as major drug route

Published:Tuesday | November 5, 2013 | 8:21 AM

An international news report has pointed to the resurgence of Jamaica and other Caribbean territories as routes for illicit drugs from South America.



The Associated Press says the central Caribbean as a whole seems to be coming back into favour with transnational drug cartels.



And it says the authorities are reporting sharp increases in cocaine seizures and scrambling resources to contain the apparent surge.



It notes that the Caribbean had been eclipsed as a drug route in the 1990s by Mexico with cocaine seized in the Caribbean dropping to around five per cent of the total found by US authorities in recent years.



However, the Associated Press says activity is picking up with Caribbean seizures accounting for 14 per cent of US-bound cocaine seized so far this year.



And it notes that in Jamaica, seizures doubled to 780 pounds in the first half of the year, compared to last year.



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