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Bolivia Reports Flood of Peruvian Coca Base

BOLIVIA / 29 APR 2011 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

Bolivia’s vice minister of social defense, Felipe Caceres, said that 56% of the coca base seized in that country this year comes from Peru. The Special Task Force Against Drug Trafficking (Fuerza Especial de Lucha Contra el Narcotrafico – FELCN) has seized more than six tons of coca base in the past four months. Although Caceres’ statements indicate that Bolivia is being used as a transit country, it is also a big cocaine producer. Statistics from the U.S. State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report say that the country had some 35,000 hectares under coca cultivation in 2009.

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