Co­caine seizures drop as traf­fic moves

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MEX­ICO CITY | Co­caine seizures have dropped in Mex­ico in re­cent years, and a top U.N. drug-con­trol of­fi­cial said the trade ap­peared to be mov­ing to Cen­tral Amer­ica be­cause of law en­force­ment pres­sure and in­fight­ing among car­tels.

Mex­i­can of­fi­cials seized 53 tons of co­caine in 2007 and only 10 tons last year, ac­cord­ing to a re­port Tues­day from the In­ter­na­tional Nar­cotics Con­trol Board, which mon­i­tors global drug-con­trol agree­ments.

An­to­nio Mazz­itelli, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Mex­ico of the U.N. Of­fice on Drugs and Crime, said traf­fick­ers are di­vert­ing their co­caine op­er­a­tions else­where, but he cau­tioned that seizures of drugs pro­duced in­side Mex­ico, such as metham­phetamine and mar­i­juana, re­main sta­ble.

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