Cocaine drops in top producer Colombia, says UN

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A man carries a bag with coca leaves in a rural area of Corinto, department of Cauca, Colombia, on December 9, 2013Cocaine production in Colombia, a top producer, dropped nearly 13 percent last year, despite steady coca leaf agriculture, the United Nations drug watchdog said Thursday. UNODC illegal agriculture chief Leonardo Correa said Colombia’s cocaine production decreased from 333 tonnes in 2012 to 290 tonnes in 2013. The trend is due to a lower yield from coca leaf crops used to produce the drug. Bo Mathiasen, UNODC representative in Colombia, said the crops were spread across 23 of the country’s 32 departments.