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Case Study - Effects of cocaine production

Geography case study

Jack Lupton

on 5 July 2010

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The production of cocaine Location Coca leaves are grown and proccesed in the rainforests of Peru The biggest producer is Colombia but Peru is catching up as production there has doubled Colombia Peru Statistics The illegal cocaine industry is a multi billion billion dollar industry, all of which is untaxed by governments Crack cocaine Growing Coca leaves is legal as they are meant for chewing, however even these are highly addictive. 90% of the Coca leaves go on to become Cocaine Causes People produce Cocaine because it is a big industry and there will always be demand for it. Extracting cocaine It can be harvested 4 times a year so it is more reliable than, say coffee or cocoa beans 100 tonnes of Pure cocaine leaves a single valley in Peru every year The people who grow the Coca leaves may be forced to by gangs who sell and export the cocaine Effects The ashaninka tribe Local environment The waste products from the extraction of cocaine, (kerosene, Sulphuric acid & Bleach) are just left to flow into the rivers and streams. The Military burn the sites in the rainforest where they extract the Cocaine...
Which destroys that area and may also kill animals hidden nearby and many different plants which is definitely bad for the eco-system.
The Ashaninka face a battle against the Shining Path who constantly try and take their land To combat this the tribe place sentries around the village and fend the intruders off with arrows and occasionally guns Management America is fighting a war on drugs to try and prevent the production and exporting of Cocaine from South america. However this seems to be increasing the value of the cocaine industry and putting mostly the growers in prison and not the drug cartels, although some are caught and arrested. In 2009 the number of users in the UK rose by about 25% to 1,000,000 In the UK one gram of crack cocaine costs around £30 - £50 The UNDOC estimates that the global production of Coca leaves has fallen from 353,000 tonnes to 253,000 tonnes Being in possesion of Cocaine can lead to up to seven years in prison but if you are a dealer this rises to up to life in prison, both can recieve an unlimited fine with or instead of a prison sentence The drug smugglers have homemade submarines which they fill with cocaine and sail accross the ocean, these cost about a million pounds and are just dumped so you can see how much money one trip must make.
the US navy are trying to find these subs and stop them in transit but they are hard to track Some drug mules swallow condoms full of Cocaine and travel through airports and then retrieve them afterwards but if they break it can cause immediate death.
The use of full body scanners can reveal the drugs but that is a controversial issue in the UK. Drugs??? Cocaine is a stimulant which causes raised blood pressure and makes people feel high. The effects last for 10 - 30 minutes but users are immediately addicted.
the high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks and fits especially if used by someone with heart problems Frequent use can cause mental problems to be noticed if you have them without knowing, this could be very worrying at the time Thanks for watching! The Chain of Production Coca Growers Cocaine Extractors Cocaine purifiers Drug Barons Drug Mules Dealers The valley where the farmers live has a perfect climate for growing cocaine The Farmers who grow and produce the cocaine live in poverty, as they only make $80 from every harvest and they immediately spend that on food, to fix their homes and, if they're very lucky, schooling for their children The best way of preventing the production of cocaine is by targeting the Drug Barons because they are the only ones who can fully stop the industry, but probably never will. Farmers The Farmers of the Coca Plant live in poverty and only make around $80 per week after spending $900 and that is only enough to get the basics to stay alive and be able to buy the neccesary things to grow more. America pay for the Peruvian air force to fly police in helicopters four times everyday to help find the places where the extract the paste from the coca leaves, they then burn them.
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