Coca-Cola produces tons of pure cocaine every year in a secret factory in New Jersey
Until 1903, an average bottle of the legendary soda pop contained nearly 9 mg of cocaine. To this day, the Coca-Cola Company imports coca leaves, which are used to produce cocaine in the United States.
A small chemical plant, tucked away in a quiet New Jersey hamlet, holds an exclusive license to import coca leaves into the United States on behalf of The Coca-Cola Company, according to media reports.
The leaves are used to produce a “decanized” ingredient for the iconic soda, and the cocaine by-product is sold to the nation’s largest opioid manufacturer, which sells the powder as a painkiller and topical anesthetic to dentists.
It is the only company authorized to import coca leaves and produce cocaine in the United States and operates under a special license granted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
It is unclear how much the company matters. In the 1980s, it was reported that over 500 tons of leaves could enter the factory in a single year. Five hundred tons of leaf yields around 2,000 kg (4,400 lb) of cocaine, which an Internet listing of pharmaceutical companies could be worth at least $2 billion.