High-Level Political Corruption, Crime, and Drug Trafficking

"The Cosa Nostra and ‘Ndrangheta have long benefited from high-level political connections in Italy.77 In a similar way, some Mexican drug cartels allegedly benefited from protection from local police and local politicians.78 In Guinea Bissau, international drug traffickers counted on the support of
influential segments within the political and military apparatus for a number of years.79

Nexus of Corruption and Drug Trafficking

"The drug problem and corruption have a mutually reinforcing relationship. Corruption facilitates the production and trafficking of illegal drugs and this, in turn, benefits corruption.76 The wealth and power of some drug trafficking organizations can exceed that of local governments, allowing them to buy protection from law enforcement agents, criminal justice institutions, politicians and the business sector. In doing so, they further reinforce corruption. The rule of law is both an immediate victim and, if it is already weak, an underlying factor that feeds this cycle."

Estimated Number and Prevalence of People Who Inject Drugs

"The joint UNODC/World Health Organization (WHO)/Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)/World Bank estimate for the number of people worldwide who injected drugs in 2015 is 11.8 million (range: 8.6 to 17.4 million), corresponding to 0.25 per cent (range: 0.18 to 0.36 per cent) of the population aged 15-64 years. This estimate is based on the reporting of injecting drug use from 107 countries, covering 89 per cent of the global population aged 15-64 years.

Worldwide Coca Cultivation As Estimated by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime

Worldwide Coca Cultivation As Estimated by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime: Although global coca bush cultivation in 2014 increased by 10 per cent compared with the previous year, the total area under coca bush cultivation worldwide, 132,300 ha, was the second smallest since the late 1980s. Global coca bush cultivation in 2014 was 19 per cent lower than in 2009, 40 per cent lower than the peak level in 2000 and 31 per cent lower than in 1998.

Juvenile Justice System in Russia

"The system of penalties for juveniles facing criminal charges in Russia is based on suspended sentences or detention in educational correctional facilities, which house young offenders aged up to 21 years. The average sentence is four years. Only one quarter of adult recidivists considered a high-risk to society are said to have been admitted to a VK [educational correctional facilities] as juveniles."