Bolivia Seizes Cocaine Impregnated into Paper

The Bolivian anti-narcotics police seized 400 kg of liquid cocaine ingeniously hidden in a shipment of charcoal that had Europe as its final destination, with intermediate stops in Chile and Panama.
WRITER-ID | 13 February 2012

The Bolivian anti-narcotics police seized 400 kg of liquid cocaine ingeniously hidden in a shipment of charcoal that had Europe as its final destination, with intermediate stops in Chile and Panama.

The “highly pure cocaine” was contained in 6,400 bags that were going to be transported to the Chilean port of Arica in two containers, Colonel Gonzalo Quezada, director of the Special Force for the Fight against Drug Trafficking (Felcn), announced in Santa Cruz, the region where the seizure was made.

The drug traffickers, “in a very sophisticated chemical process, impregnated the cocaine into kraft paper; the kraft paper (of each of the 6,400 bags) was contaminated with approximately 60 grams” of liquid cocaine, the police chief noted.

Another source with knowledge of the investigation, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that “the investor is believed to be a Colombian; that person has not yet been identified; investigations are underway; work is being done in coordination with the special forces for the fight against drug trafficking in our neighboring countries, such as Chile, basically, and Brazil.”

Two executives of the firm, which operated legally in Bolivia, are under arrest.

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