Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Destroying cocaine

In September, Ireland made it's largest ever drug seizure. Over two tonnes of cocaine was recovered after cops stormed a cargo ship off the County Cork coast. About 30% of the cocaine has been incinerated so far. Cocaine burns poorly and has toxic elements. Antwerp’s position as the top destination for cocaine produced in South America resulted in authorities there being unable to destroy their large and growing stockpiles fast enough. Customs officials at the port of Antwerp seized about 110 tonnes of cocaine in 2022, another record.
So much cocaine was seized in Ecuador in 2021 the government requested aid from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. They advised a method called encapsulation. "Cocaine, cement, sand and water are mixed. During setting, the cement reacts chemically with the other material present and forms a stable, hard and impenetrable matrix."