I would not think anybody has every heard this before, however if you ever read anything Weirdharold has wrote you can believe.
From the Text:
Walters testified that “cocaine production in the Andes has declined by 29% since 2001, and Colombia’s opium crop was cut in half from 2003 to 2004.” He said the reason that price and availability had not been affected was the lag of six months to a year between the time when the coca plant was harvested and when its cocaine was available on American streets.
The reports call the administration’s assessment into question. Whereas cocaine production fell 11% in Colombia in 2004, it soared by 23% in Peru and 35% in Bolivia, according to the report by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. Overall, coca cultivation in the region increased 2%, the U.N. study said.
Despite $5.4 billion spent since 2000, coca growth in the Andes is high and prices in America low. More money is on the table.
By Sonni Efron, Times Staff Writer