Drug Dealer Busted in Bolivia for Second Time in Four Years

By Dialogo
November 21, 2012

On November 18, for the second time in four years, the Bolivian Police arrested a drug trafficker that smuggled drugs across the Amazon, and who was based in the northern department of Pando, near the Brazilian border, informed the Ministry of Interior.

“Minister of Government Carlos Romero, confirmed the arrest of Mauro Vásquez, one of the most wanted and dangerous drug traffickers that was established in Pando,” said the government office in a statement to AFP.

Mauro Vásquez was arrested for the first time in 2008, but it was not known until now that he had escaped from prison in the city of Cobija, in Pando, near the Brazilian border.

Minister Romero added that “this is a very important individual in drug trafficking; we had been chasing Mauro Vásquez for a long time.”

He also said that “the police operation concluded in the border city of Cobija, where Vásquez set up a criminal structure to traffic drugs through the Bolivian Amazon.”

According to the U.S. State Department, Bolivia is the second producer of cocaine worldwide, after Colombia and ahead of Peru.



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