Bolivia and Paraguay Seize 2 Tons of Drugs in Border Areas

LA PAZ – Bolivia and Paraguay seized about two tons of cocaine and marijuana between Aug. 3 and Aug. 22 near their mutual border, the director of Bolivia’s Special Force to Fight Drug Trafficking, or FELCN – Col. Oscar Nina – told Efe.

The operation was the result of an accord that FELCN and the Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat, or Senad, signed last June to fight against marijuana trafficking in the border zone.

Nina said that between the dates mentioned some 300 operations were staged by the two nations’ security forces in which they seized a total of about two tons of the drugs, valued at some $4 million.

According to the state-run news agency ABI, 1.9 tons of cocaine paste and 703 kilograms of pot were confiscated in the joint operations.

In addition, two refining laboratories were found and shut down, along with a recycling lab, 173 makeshift drug factories and 171 basins for soaking the coca leaf, one of the steps in the production of cocaine.

FELCN and Senad, ABI reported, arrested about 100 people of different nationalities in the raids, and they were placed at the disposition of the proper authorities for judicial processing. EFE

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