Bolivian Counter-Drug Police Seize 294 kg of Peruvian Cocaine

By Dialogo
July 24, 2013

On July 22, Bolivian counter drug police seized 294 kilograms of cocaine in a tanker truck coming from Peru, on the road joining Bolivia with Peru, the institution stated.

“A tanker truck has been found on Desaguadero road (border with Peru), and 294 kilos of cocaine have been found during the operation. The controlled substance has been seized,” Counter Drug Prosecutor Marco Antonio Villa told the press.

The prosecutor added that “two men were detained,” and will be brought to justice, although their nationalities have not been specified.

The operation was conducted in the town of Laja located in the Altiplano area, 36 km away from La Paz, where the police discovered that the tanker had a double bottom where the drugs were hidden.

The prosecutor said that “the cocaine came from Ilo (Peru), destined for Santa Cruz.”

Bolivia has become a transit country for drugs headed towards Brazil and Europe, and counter drug authorities state that more than half of the cocaine seized annually comes from Peru.