Giant Cocaine Laboratory with Colombian Technology Found in Bolivia
By Dialogo December 15, 2010
A giant laboratory with Colombian technology, capable of processing five hundred kilograms of cocaine a week, has been discovered by the counter-narcotics police in Bolivia, a police source has told local media.
Although drugs were not found in the police operation. nor was anyone detained, it was possible to establish that the laboratory “had a production of approximately five hundred kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride a week,” said Col. Eduardo Barrientos, head of the counter-narcotics police of Santa Cruz, where the discovery was made.
According to the evidence collected, the laboratory had been operating for three months in a region 215 km from the city of Santa Cruz, around 1,100 km east of La Paz, with around twenty-five workers, Barrientos added.
“This laboratory is of a Colombian type; (in addition) containers of soft drinks made in Colombia were found, or in other words, Colombian nationals were working in this laboratory,” the police commander declared.
Barrientos mentioned that in order to have an idea of the scale of the laboratory, it should be taken into consideration that “more than two tons of solid chemical substances and twenty-four thousand liters of liquid chemical substances were found.”
Bolivia has succeeded in seizing over twenty-seven tons of cocaine this year and has eliminated eight thousand hectares of coca, the chief raw material for manufacturing the drug.