All About Bolivia

BOLIVIA / 24 JUN 2014

Coca production in Bolivia dropped nine percent in 2013, according to the latest United Nations figures, bringing the number of hectares cultivated ever closer to the government set legal quota…

BOLIVIA / 20 JUN 2014

Bolivia is one of the world's top three producers of coca leaf, but in recent years, the number of processing pits dedicated to converting the plant into cocaine has increased.

BOLIVIA / 10 JUN 2014

Almost 200 tons of cocaine produced annually in the VRAEM region of Peru are transported by plane to Bolivia and on towards Latin America's principal market of Brazil, an air…

BOLIVIA / 5 JUN 2014

Authorities in Peru are implementing new fuel restrictions in an effort to hinder illegal mining operations, but such a measure may have the unintended effect of increasing fuel smuggling from…

BOLIVIA / 16 MAY 2014

Authorities in Bolivia are going after five criminal "mega gangs" that include foreign members, underscoring the country's status as a destination for migrating criminals and threat this poses to security. …

BOLIVIA / 12 MAY 2014

Authorities in Bolivia have identified three trafficking routes used to transport drugs from Peru to Brazil by land and water, indicating traffickers are not wholly reliant on the aerial route…

BOLIVIA / 8 MAY 2014

The United States has announced the withdrawal of key anti-drug personnel from Ecuador in an apparent tit-for-tat reaction to the recent expulsion of US military officials, further widening the ever…

BOLIVIA / 25 APR 2014

Bolivia police have discovered cocaine chemically modified to be odorless and pliable in a shipment of musical instruments heading to Europe, in what appears a new development in smuggling techniques…

BOLIVIA / 24 APR 2014

Police in Bolivia have broken up 10 family-based "clans" in recent years that were dedicated to luring unwitting workers into forced labor, in a sign of the country's increasing use…

BOLIVIA / 23 APR 2014

Bolivia has become the latest Latin American country to approve a law allowing planes suspected of carrying drugs to be shot down, yet questions remain over the country's ability to…

BOLIVIA / 17 APR 2014

The head of Colombia's Anti-Narcotics Police claims drug traffickers are importing coca base from Peru and Bolivia to be shipped out of Colombia, pointing to a possible move back to…

BOLIVIA / 4 APR 2014

In 2013, the number of human trafficking cases reported in Bolivia was more than 10 times higher than nine years ago, raising questions as to whether this represents a growth…

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