Coronavirus Blocks Drug Trafficking Routes, Hindering Distribution

Colombian cocaine producers are out of gasoline, which was smuggled in from Venezuela. Locally produced and distributed, marijuana is the least affected illicit drug.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Restrictive measures imposed by governments to contain the coronavirus pandemic are disrupting all business chains, even the illegal ones. According to a report by the UNODC, the UN office for crime and drugs, global quarantine is blocking a number of drug trafficking routes, making life difficult for criminals. Users in several countries are experiencing a shortage of narcotics.

The report highlights how the illegal substance trade relies on legitimate means of logistics to camouflage its activities. "Drugs are typically concealed and shipped in containers or trucks loaded with legal products," the agency says. With people prevented . . .

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