Colombian President Gustavo Petro announced that “the war on drugs has failed” in his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, while proposing changes to the country’s drug laws that could end in the legalization of cocaine.
In response to Petro’s statements, the nation’s former president, Iván Duque, 46, told FOX News that he believes the current president’s views could lead to the legalization of the drug and possible security risks in the United States. Joined.
“What worries me is that now there is the possibility of entering the permit, or the legalization of cocaine and consumption,” Duque said on Friday.
“I think it will be very bad for Colombia, and that will be very bad for the countries of the hemisphere, and I think that this could also generate a major security threat for the United States.”
Petro, 62, who began his term on August 4, added that humanity’s “addiction to irrational power, profit and money” has been more harmful than drug addiction.
‘Which is more poisonous for humanity, cocaine, coal or oil?’ she asked.
‘Opinion in power has ordained that cocaine is poison and should be prosecuted, while it only causes minimal overdose deaths…but instead, coal and oil should be protected, even if it may wipe out all of humanity.’ .
Colombia is currently the world’s largest producer of cocaine, according to CNN, and has become known for its drug trafficking. It produces more than the next two tallest nations, Peru and Bolivia, combined.
Colombian President Gustavo Petro, 62, opened his first speech at the United Nations General Assembly by stating that ‘the war on drugs has failed’
Texas border officials seized nearly $12 million worth of cocaine disguised as baby wipes earlier this month, the state’s largest drug bust in 20 years.
The drugs were seized at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge near the city of Laredo, a hundred miles from San Antonio, after US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers made a secondary inspection to a 2016 Stoughton trailer.
They discovered 1,935 packages containing nearly a ton (1,532.65 pounds) of suspected cocaine within the shipment after removing sniffer dogs and using a non-intrusive inspection system examination.
The month before, more than half a million dollars worth of cocaine was seized from a cargo truck trying to enter the US disguised as ‘juice’ in the same city.
Texas border officials discovered 1,935 packages containing 1,532.65 pounds of suspected cocaine. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents are investigating the loot, which has an estimated street value of $11,818,400.
Petro suggested that the conflict over energy resources has caused more deaths than drug trafficking. ‘Which is more poisonous for humanity, cocaine, coal or oil?’ I ask
In the picture: Coca paste, an extract of the coca leaf. Colombia is the world’s largest producer of cocaine and produces more than the next two nations, Peru and Bolivia combined.
During his campaign for the presidency, Petro stated that he wants Colombia to export food and encourage agricultural production in favor of cocaine and weapons.
Colombian senator Gustavo Bolívar supported Petro’s statements, adding that he believed the recent regulation of marijuana could be extended to cocaine.
Drug trafficking efforts in Colombia have grown even as the nation continues to spend money to combat it, he said.
‘We will never achieve peace in Colombia until we regulate drug trafficking,’ he continued.
‘Not even the United States, with all its might and money, could win the war on drugs. At this time, Colombia produces more drugs than when Pablo Escobar lived. There are more consumers. There are more farmers.
A report by the Truth Commission, which investigated 50 years of Colombian civil conflict, found that drug trafficking prolonged the conflict despite the fact that the United States sent $8 billion in military aid to Colombia.
It is estimated that 260,000 Colombians have died as a result of the drug war.
Photo: Ivan Ship. The former president added that the legalization of cocaine could generate security risks in the United States
In the image: the Colombian Navy withdraws a ton and a half of cocaine packages. According to a report, more than 260,000 Colombians have died as a result of the war on drugs
Duque complemented his argument by saying that 40 percent of Colombia’s exports come from oil and gas.
As Petro hopes to transition from the war on drugs to a focus on climate change efforts, Duque said the new president must consider the future of the nation.
“A transition is taking place and Colombia may become an exporter of green hydrogen in the next decade, but until now, we must maintain the balance of doing a good job when it comes to oil and gas in terms of exports over production. ‘ said Duke.
“At the same time, we must continue to expand in non-conventional renewable energy.”
Despite the fact that $8 billion in military aid was sent to Colombia to fight the war on drugs, one report suggests that the growth of the drug trade has only led to more conflict.
In the image: The process of fumigation of coca plants. ‘We will never achieve peace in Colombia until we regulate drug trafficking,’ said a Colombian senator
In the image: Gustavo Petro at his swearing-in ceremony. In response to Petro’s speech, Bolivian President Luis Arce said he “would like to hear a very specific proposal on this.”
During his speech, Petro said that global efforts to save the environment have been “hypocritical” as world leaders ignore the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
“The climate disaster that will kill hundreds of millions of people is not being caused by the planet, it is being caused by capital,” he said.
‘Because of the logic of consuming more and more, producing more and more, and for some earning more and more.’
After hearing Petro’s proposals, Bolivian President Luis Arce said he would like to continue discussions between the two nations on how regulations could be relaxed.
“He shared with us the ideas that he talked about today,” Arce said. “We would like to hear a very specific proposal on this.”