Bolivia Touts Successes in the War on Drugs as the United States Ceases Anti-narcotic Aid

Posted on May 24, 2013 • Filed under: Bolivia, Drug Activity, Politics, United States

From, May 24, 2013- Today the Bolivian government stated that since the expulsion of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in 2008, the fight against drugs has gotten better and has done so without violating human rights. This announcement comes a day after the United States announced that it would be closing its Counternarcotics Assistance Office (NAS) after almost 40 years of work in Bolivia. According to the Bolivian government, from 1999-2005 the DEA seized 55 metric tons of cocaine, but from 2006-2012 the Bolivian anti-drug police seized 187 metric tons of the drug. The announced closure of NAS come three weeks after Bolivian president Evo Morales announced his decision to expel the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), accusing it of conspiracy and interference in policy, claims that the United States has rejected. Read Article

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