"Colombia is now the world's leading producer of coca leaf and cocaine," the U.S. outlet reported, adding that the output grew by over 250 percent from 2012 to 2017.
According to the United Nations (UN), Colombia produces 70 percent of the world's drug supply, which is mostly directed towards the U.S..
U.S. authorities informed that 89 percent of the cocaine they seize appears to come from Colombia. Last year, this South American country intercepted over 500 cocaine tonnes. However, this figure does not even minimally reflect the volume of drugs that the Colombian cartels place in the U.S. market.