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 Claim: Cannabis is being traded pound-for-pound for cocaine in the U.S.? 

U.S. seizures of Canadian pot way up: report
Jan.31/05
Full article - www.ctv.ca

[excerpt]
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency reports that "traffickers occasionally exchange cocaine at a rate of four to eight pounds of Canadian-produced marijuana for one kilogram of cocaine.''


BC BUD: GROWTH OF THE CANADIAN MARIJUANA TRADE
DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION (DEA) INTELLIGENCE DIVISION

http://www.hackcanada.com/canadian/freedom/bc-bud.html

[excerpt]
RCMP investigations also indicate that traffickers occasionally exchange high-potency marijuana for cocaine at a ratio of about three units of marijuana to one of cocaine.


From the DEA website:
http://www.usdoj.gov:80/ndic/pubs/794/marijuan.htm

"The use of high-grade "BC Bud" as a currency with which traffickers in
Canada buy cocaine in the United States is a practice still reported on
a regular basis. Often, couriers attempting to return to Canada are
arrested along the border with large quantities of cocaine. However,
reports of the reputed exchange of Canadian marijuana for U.S. cocaine
on a pound-for-pound ratio are false."


BC: Story Generates Interest, Responses
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n148/a08.html

[LTE response from majordomo@mapinc.org]
A pound of pot in LA goes for roughly about $3,000 to $3,300 USD. And a pound of coke would go for around $7,000+ USD. Now you tell me, is that a good trade? Why would anyone want to lose over $3,500 USD? Does that make any sense whatsoever? I'm sorry, but I think you need to check your facts. The media needs to stop spreading these fake rumors.


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