Drug Abuse in the Global Village
Drug Abuse in the Americas

Supply Sources of Drugs in the Caribbean

The geophysical setting of the Bahamas, consisting of more than seven hundred islands and cays spread over some 100,000 square miles provides an ideal transit area for drugs from South America to the USA. The wide geophysical dispersion presents many difficult problems for law enforcement (Review Document 1991).


No information reported by 31st December 1993.


The Netherlands Antilles five islands are a transit point between the drug producing countries of Latin America and drug consuming countries such as U.S.A., Canada and Western Europe. The growing local demand for drugs is considered a consequence of increased availability related to transit traffic of cocaine. It is also believed that due to declining economic conditions, many get involved in drug trafficking as a means of livelihood. As more people are available to act as couriers, shipments from Colombia seem to decline in size but to increase in number (U.N. 1988).