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Four anti narcotics agents and two air force officers killed in plane crash in Bolivia while investigating drugs.

UN Flag Half Mast due to the death of its four UNODC agents in Bolivia

Bolivia, Peru and Colombia are the world’s three largest areas of coca plantations.

In Bolivia, a week ago, four UNODC agents were killed while working in coca crop monitoring in that country. The UNODC is the United Nations international office on drugs and crime.

The coca monitoring is the key in efforts aimed at reducing the supply of illicit drugs.

Leonardo Iván Alfaro Santiago, Patricia Olga Delgado Rúa, Mariela Cinthia Moreno Torreblanco and Stephan Javier Campos Ruiz are the names of the four killed.

Alfaro Santiago played was the co founder of the Bolivian coca monitoring programme ten years ago and an expert about the coca situation in Bolivia as well as related environmental issues.

Delgado Rúa worked for UNODC in Bolivia since 2004, being expert on geographic information systems.

UNODC agent´s Moreno and Campos joined the project in 2009.

Yury Fedotov , current UNODC Executive Director , has expressed his deep sorrow on the loss of the four UNODC agents plus two Bolivian Air Force Personnel.

All 6 were killed in a plane crash in Bolivia while they were -on Saturday 7 May- following routine narcotic crop monitoring work that was being carried out in the country.

In its work, UNODC routinely monitors the production of narcotic crops in several parts of the world, like in South America.  The majority of the monitoring is being done by satellite, but routine flights such as the one that crashed are often necessary to confirm the accuracy of some parts of the satellite images received.

The death of the 6 persons happened during one of these monitoring flights.  The plane went missing on Thursday 5 May and despite false sightings of the plane and inaccurate reports over the weekend, its wreckage was found on Saturday 7 May in an isolated area of Bolivia.

The cause behind this plane crash are under investigation. It could have been an accident, or not..

If it is proven that there was not an accident, there is a possibility that drones will take over the monitoring of coca plantations in South America, like Brazil is starting to use drones in the triple frontier and borders with other amazonic nations.