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Cuba: 9-plus tons of drugs seized in 2011

January 13, 2012
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HAVANA—Cuba says it seized more than nine tons of illegal narcotics last year and saw a sharp rise in drug drops off the Caribbean island's coast.

The Communist Party newspaper Granma reports that the vast majority of the 20,240 pounds (9,181 kilograms) of drugs seized was marijuana, with smaller amounts of cocaine and hashish. It's a seven-year high.

Granma says authorities detected 399 aerial drops to go-fast boats intending to bring the drugs to the United States, up from 108 in 2010.

It blames "high demand for drugs in the United States, the world's leading consumer of narcotics."

Still, Granma said Friday that Havana is open to signing an anti-drug cooperation treaty with Washington despite decades of mistrust between the Cold War foes.

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