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Bolivia Reduces Coca Production…after Kicking out the DEA

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The slash, burn and arrest policies of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have seemingly done little to stop drugs such as cocaine moving from South American producers to U.S. consumers. But one country has found a different path to cutting cocaine production and it has done it without help from the United States.

 

Bolivian President Evo Morales kicked the DEA out of his country in 2008. Since then, his government has begun a policy of getting growers to cut production of coca leaves, the foundation for cocaine, by substituting some of the coca with other crops, such as pineapples and bananas, developing the infrastructure of coca-producing regions and allowing for some coca, which is legal to be chewed or used to make tea, to be grown.

 

The policy has worked. A report (pdf-Spanish) by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) showed that Bolivia’s coca cultivation fell 11% in 2014 over the previous year. The amount of land being used for coca production in Bolivia is now at 20,400 hectares (about 79 square miles), the lowest number since the UN began its surveys in 2003. The amount of land being used for coca cultivation is down a third since 2010. cont

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No surprise there. If you read stories from people that were in Afghanistan where production went up every year since the US was there, you would see reports that its all orchestrated. In other words, they claimed to be doing on thing while doing another. In other words, even when the US troops could have stopped it all, multiple times they were told "you are being too effective", stop/slow your roll. Eventually it came down to it was all corrupt and that the troops were not to actually stop any of it. Basically the dea/feds/cia/alciada/etc were not really for the stopping the problem at it source, but only to do one thing and say another. They actually didn't want to stop anything. 

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