Geoffrey Ramsey at InSight Crime helps fill in a few more of the details with his recent article on FARC 'Earns $2.4 to $3.5 Billion' From Drugs: Govt.
The Colombian government's estimate that the FARC makes up to $3.5 billion annually in profts from the drug trade is staggering, but may not be entirely accurate.
Speaking at the University of Miami on October 23, Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon provided the government’s latest figures on the illicit activities of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). According to Pinzon, the FARC makes between $2.4 and $3.5 billion annually from the drug trade. He added that of the 350 tons of cocaine produced in Colombia annually, some 200 can be linked back to the guerrillas.It's nearly impossible to measure the revenue generated from the global drug trade and then to factor in the costs incurred with the trade. While ~$3 billion annually for the FARC sure seems exaggerated, I'm not so sure if global revenues do in fact exceed $400 billion.