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Situación política en el Perú

Bolivia Says Yes to Coca, No to Cocaine from Peru ‎

Situación política en el Perú, satisfecho 87%

 

While Bolivia is well known as a cocaine producer -- the world's third largest, according to the United Nations (UN) -- the country is also a significant transit zone for drugs produced outside its borders. According to the nation's top anti-drug official Felipe Caceres, 52 percent of the cocaine seized so far this year in Bolivia, some six tons, originated in Peru.  This echoes 2010 statistics from Bolivia's Special Counter-Narcotics Police Force (Fuerza Especial de Lucha Contra el Narcotrafico - FELCN), who said last year that up to 45 percent of the cocaine seized on Bolivian soil between January and September was produced in Peru.  Determining the geographic origin of cocaine requires complicated lab testing; presumably, this is how the FELCN collected its data. Still, it's worth considering that the country may have political reasons for inflating the numbers on Peruvian-origin cocaine. Bolivia follows an official policy of "Coca Yes, Cocaine No," which allows for the cultivation of up to 12,000 hectares of legal coca. Bolivia has said that as little as 10 percent of this crop is diverted to make cocaine. However, both the UN and the U.S. State Department argue that the government-sanctioned coca is feeding an increase of cocaine production in the country. Bolivia's claim that most of the cocaine seized within its borders originates abroad could be a way to detract from critics who say that the country cannot control its licit coca economy.

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Written by  Elyssa Pachico

 

 

08 July 2011

Read full article: insightcrime.org

2011-07-08


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