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Bolivia To Hire More Anti-Drug Prosecutors

BOLIVIA / 11 AUG 2011 BY JEN SOKATCH EN

Bolivia will boost the number of anti-drug prosecutors in the country from 43 to 60, including 11 new posts that will be established in border cities.

Attorney General Mario Uribe announced the plan after admitting he was concerned over reports of increased drug violence, according to La Razon.

The 11 border posts will include isolated towns such as Bermejo, Yacuiba, Villazon, Tambo Quemado, Desaguadero, Cobija, Guayaramerin and Puerto Suarez, among others. These offices will focus mainly on prosecuting drug trafficking and environmental crimes.

This is the latest in a series of proposed actions intended to step up border security in Bolivia. The country will reportedly begin conducting joint aerial surveillance operations with Paraguay and Brazil, and is also set to install a radar security system along the frontier.

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