“We don’t publish secrets. We collect evidence.”
The main purpose of Narcoleaks is to keep track of drug seizures in the world. In 2011, the project will be limited to cocaine seizures. The reasons for this choice are due to the fact that cocaine trafficking still represents one of the most profitable revenues for the illegal economy, much beyond the official data, despite the competition from synthetic drugs and the heroin comeback. The efforts by the police forces of many countries to counter the drug offer make possible to intercept only part of the trafficking.
There are two institutions currently measuring the trends of drug trafficking, often releasing inconsistent, contradictory data: the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the U.S. Department of State. Libera, the Italian association against mafias, was the first to prove the inconsistencies in the official reports, with a research by Sandro Donati that denounced an underestimation in the world production of cocaine. In this context, cocaine seizure data have an extraordinary importance. On one side, they represent the only ‘real’ parameter, since production data are obtained from estimates calculated through satellite relief images of coca plantations. On the other side, they constitute a significant barometer of the criminal economy.