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Morales: Colombian, Mexican Traffickers Operate in Bolivia

BOLIVIA / 7 NOV 2011 BY ELYSSA PACHICO EN

Bolivia President Evo Morales said Saturday that Colombian and Mexican traffickers have an interest in harming Bolivia through the drug trade.

Morales' comments come just two weeks after a Bolivian anti-narcotics officer was killed in a shoot-out with alleged Colombian drug traffickers, reports La Razon.

The confrontation took place in Bolivia's north-central indigenous territory, known by its Spanish acronym TIPNIS. According to reports, the police unit was carrying out a routine patrol when they were ambushed by a group of Colombian traffickers, protecting a giant coca base laboratory. At least one Colombian was killed and another wounded in the attack.

The incident prompted Morales to affirm, again, that drug traffickers operating in Bolivia are better equipped than the national security forces. Morales has used this argument before in a plea for more international anti-drug aid to Bolivia.

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