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Drones will fly Bolivia-Brazil border airspace to fight cocaine trafficking.

Starting in September, brazilian drones will start operating in the border airspace with Bolivia.  The goal is to fight against cocaine trafficking in Bolivia’s border with Brazil, Peru and Paraguay, as reported on Tuesday, July 5, by the deputy minister of Social Defense and Controlled Substances from Bolivia, Philip Caceres.

According to a report published on the website of the Bolivian Press Agency (ABI), the deputy minister said the fight will be strengthened at border points as Corumbá-Puerto Suárez, Caceres-San Matias; Guajará-Mirim- Guayaramerín and Epitaciolândia-Cobija.

“Within the framework of the action plan signed between Brazil and Bolivia, it was decided that unmanned planes in Brazil would make the control of the airspace from September,” said Caceres.

He refers to the cooperation agreement signed between the Minister of Justice of Brazil, José Eduardo Cardozo, and the Minister of the Government of Bolivia, Sacha Llorenti in March this year, when representatives of the Executive visited areas of coca cultivation in Bolivia and the border region in the Bolivian city of Puerto Suarez. On that occasion, local authorities were able to tell to the ministers about the border situation, including the mayor of Corumbá, Ruiter Cunha de Oliveira ; the Mayor of the city of Ladário  Mr. Jose Antonio Assad and the Secretary of Security and Justice of Mato Grosso do Sul , Wantuir Jacini.

Predator drone In Bolivia Brazil airspace border

The unmanned aircraft to monitor the airspace of Bolivia, will be bolivian military of  the Air Force, known as “Red Devils”.

The deputy minister also said that this year Bolivia had record seizures of cocaine and eradicating illegal coca cultivation. The target annual destruction of crops is over 5000 hectares, but by June 5158 hectares were eradicated.

Caceres detailed all the areas seized by the Joint Task Force. In the state of Cochabamba were 3,926 hectares, in Beni, 1040, and in Santa Cruz, 192 hectares were within the forest reserves of crying and Yapacana.

“What stood out most were the actions against the arrest of three drug  kingpins , being one of them a Brazilian and two Colombians,” said the deputy minister.

He further noted that in all the operations , the bolivian forces detained 1,836 people: 1,650 Bolivians, 47 Peruvians, 33 Colombians, 19 Brazilians, 19 Spaniards, Chileans 9, six Mexicans and 53 of other nationalities.

On balance, the deputy minister said the FELCN (Special Task Force for Fight Against Trafficking) destroyed four illegal laboratories recycling cocaine, five labs for crystallization of high purity cocaine, 2,454 factories and 2,951 coca maceration pits.

The deputy Minister also said that they also seized 11.8 tons of cocaine, 10.6 tons of cocaine base paste and a ton of hydrochloride and 348.5 tons of marijuana.

Caceres noted that “drug policy of Bolivia does not lower the guard, by contrast, will deploy more drastic measures to defeat the drug trade.”