Five Drug Traffickers Arrested in Peru with 1.5 Tons of Cocaine

By Dialogo
December 21, 2011

Three Bolivians and two Peruvians were arrested with more than 1.5 tons of cocaine destined for Bolivia and Europe when a residence was searched in the region of Arequipa (in southern Peru), the Peruvian anti-drug police announced.

The operation took place on December 18 in the Mariscal Cáceres district of the province of Camaná, where the drug traffickers had succeeded in camouflaging 1,320 kilos of the narcotic in the house’s patio.

During a second intervention, the police seized 274 kilos of cocaine hidden in a tanker truck headed for the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz.

“This is an international organization that was trying to get the drugs out of the country to Bolivia by land, in order to then send them to Europe by plane,” the director of the police, General Raúl Salazar, told the press.

Salazar stated that three Bolivians (two men and a woman) were arrested in the operation and that the drugs are estimated to be worth 80 million dollars in Europe and 120 million dollars in Asia.

The Bolivians were identified as Alejandro Condori Salvatierra, Primitiva Silita Fernández, and Ernesto Vidal Arce.

In the last four months, the anti-drug police have arrested more than 20 Colombians who were trying to transport cocaine to the United States and Europe.

A UN report stated in June that the area planted with coca – the raw material for cocaine – increased in Peru for the fifth consecutive year in 2010, rising to 61,200 hectares, compared to 59,900 hectares in 2009 and to the 62,000 hectares planted in Colombia.