Chile is a coastal South American country lying between the Andes and the Pacific, and has become one of the continent's most stable countries. Despite a high income inequality, it has low levels of poverty and hunger, and is praised for its economic freedoms, high quality of life, and liberal stance on human rights issues. In contrast with much of the region, abuse of hard drugs like cocaine and heroin has been kept fairly low, despite proximity to coca capitals Peru and Bolivia. Rates of marijuana use are relatively high in Chile. Based on United Nations estimates, approximately 7 percent of those between the ages of 15 and 64 are annual marijuana users.

Drug Trafficking

Although Chile was an important center for cocaine processing in the early ...

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