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Bolivia deals million-dollar blow to drug trafficking

La Paz, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) The number of recent blows dealt by the Bolivian police against drug trafficking amounts to more than three million dollars, according to Government Minister Eduardo del Castillo.

The anti-drug operations carried out in areas of the north of the department of La Paz and Santa Cruz, Beni, and Pando, allowed the capture of four persons and the seizure of 788 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, 120 kilograms of base paste and other prohibited substances, in addition to a small plane, three vehicles and two properties.

Last September, Vice Minister of Social Defense and Controlled Substances Jaime Mamani described as unilateral and biased a memorandum from the United States Government placing Bolivia among the main transit countries or producers of illicit drugs.

“The United States memorandum is unilateral, biased and political without any technical support and has a political position that does not reflect the exact data of what is happening,” Mamani said on Bolivia TV and affirmed that Washington must stop attributing powers to himself that do not correspond to him.

The vice minister reported that the operations against drug trafficking, conducted by the Bolivian government between January and September 2023, affected more than 70 million dollars, and added that the national strategy focuses on the dismantling of criminal organizations dedicated to drug trafficking to prosecute and imprison their members.

On that basis, Mamani emphasized the importance of jointly fighting against drug trafficking through the Latin American Anti-Narcotics Alliance (ALA).

That initiative was presented by Bolivia on September 9th, 2023, at the Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Drugs for Life, Peace, and Development held in Colombia, seeking to bring together countries of the region in the fight against drug cartels.