Bolivia reduces coca production

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along with Peru and Colombia: Bolivia’s Coca Production at Lowest Since 2002, UN Says Peru, Colombia Have Also Had Decreases in Recent Years in Fight Against Cocaine Trafficking The U.S. State Department said in a statement on Monday that it “acknowledges Bolivia’s progress in reducing its coca crop.” But the statement said Bolivia should tighten controls over the coca leaf trade “to stem diversion to cocaine processing” while enhancing efforts to prosecute drug traffickers. Those, like Mary O’Grady who believe the whole fault for the drug trade falls on the “U.S.’s insatiable appetite for drugs” ought to consider this, UNODC reported last year that consumption of cocaine in the U.S. has steadily gone down in recent years while rising in South America. Peru is way ahead of Bolivia, Peruvian President Ollanta Huma’s government has relied on crews of workers paid to rip up coca plants. . . .

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