Bolivia, Chile coordinate anti-drug operations at border areas

LA PAZ, July 25 (Xinhua) — Bolivian and Chilean police have agreed to exchange information to coordinate anti-drug operations at border areas, a Bolivian official said Sunday.

“The goal is to fight the cross-border drug gangs, to fulfill an agreement between both countries signed in 2006,” said Colonel Felix Molina, director of the Bolivian Special Force to Fight Drug Trafficking.

“Once we launch operations in border areas, they are simultaneous, joint and coordinated. We have the plan, we set the date and we start working,” Molina added.

The coordinated actions target drug trafficking in the southwestern Bolivian province of Potosi and the northern Chilean cities of Arica, Iquique and Antofagasta.

The drug trafficking cartels in these areas hire poor people, give them a load of cocaine paste and order them to take it to their Chilean partners, Molina said.

The Bolivian police are investigating whether the drugs are transported to the Chilean local market or shipped to other countries.

Source: Xinhua

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