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Marijuana Accounts For Vast Majority Of Drug Seizures On Mexican Border (INFOGRAPHIC)

06/21/2013 03:41 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014
AP

The War on Drugs is clearly a war on weed.

Marijuana accounted for 99.5 percent of Border Patrol drug seizures by weight at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2011, according to an analysis by Center for Investigative Reporting in California, which compiled the information into to an interactive map on its website.

It’s a pretty skewed figure. The Border Patrol seized at least 1.9 million pounds of marijuana on the U.S.-Mexico border in 2011. Second place goes to cocaine, with just 7,461 pounds seized. We tried to visualize it for you in a pie graph, but all the other drugs came out too small to read. We did this instead:

It’s a pattern that shows consistency over time. Of the 113,664 thousands drug seizures analyzed by the Center for Investigative Reporting from 2005 to 2011, nearly 89 percent involved marijuana. Cocaine trailed far behind, with just 7.4 percent.

That’s something to think about when considering that more than 70,000 people have been killed in Mexico since former President Felipe Calderón unleashed a frontal assault on the country’s drug cartels in 2006. The vast majority of those killings were likely financed not by cocaine, heroin or methamphetamines, but rather noxious, relatively non-addictive, medically useful marijuana.

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