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Bolivia promotes creation of International Anti-Narcotics Center

La Paz, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia awaits the response from neighboring countries on the creation of an International Anti-Narcotics Center to Dismantle Criminal Organizations (CIADOC), Government Minister Eduardo del Castillo said at a press conference.

“What we want to create is an international organization, we are already talking with several countries in the region to be able to exchange information on criminal organizations (…)”, he stated, and considered that the organization he called CIADOC will allow the exchange of information in real time so that operations are conducted in a timely fashion.

According to the Minister, CIADOC will have among its functions the exchange of information on drug trafficking cases and establishing coordination mechanisms between national authorities of the Member States. Additionally, it will conduct joint intelligence operations with the objective of dismantling criminal organizations, among others.

The minister reaffirmed that the intention of creating this structure is to fight against drug trafficking “jointly” among different Latin American States, because criminal associations dedicated to drug trafficking operate in, and affect different countries.

Based on the amount of statistics, del Castillo presented this Monday the Map of Drug Trafficking in Bolivia, which certifies the exact place where the largest number of factories and laboratories in Bolivia are located.

During his press conference, del Castillo did not rule out that the fugitive drug trafficker Sebastián Marset received favor from some police officers, prosecutors and even judges during Operation León 23 to capture him, and added that given the obstacles suffered within this process, it was decided to create a counterintelligence team made up of civilians and police, who are now investigating these “many and constant obstacles,” as well as those that may be involved.


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