Bolivia kicks out US Drug Enforcement Agency; drug crime rates immediately plummet

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(NaturalNews) Most Americans have been conditioned to believe that the function of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is to reduce the manufacture, sale and trafficking of illegal drugs. However, one South American nation has thrown a huge wrench into that supposition.

The government of Bolivia recently booted U.S. DEA agents out of the country, and according to a report cited by AntiMedia.com, the Bolivian government has actually managed to reduce drug manufacturing and the criminal activity associated with it since the DEA left.

As reported by the Manquehue web site, dealing in drugs now represents less than 1 percent of the Andean country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in a “sustained reduction” after the ejection of the DEA.

The site further reported:

According to data from the United Nations, Bolivia achieved a reduction in the amount of coca fields — the plant which is used as a raw material for the elaboration of cocaine — approximately in an 11% since the year 2014, and in over a 30% since 2010, which amounts to four consecutive years of decline, from over 30 thousand to some 20 thousand hectares.

No “strong-arm police” tactics

The DEA was ejected from Bolivia in 2008 following charges of conspiracy and espionage; within three years, AntiMedia.com noted, progress in the Bolivian government’s efforts to curb drug trafficking and production was already being made.

“The strategy employed by the Bolivian government may be a surprise to many prohibitionists because it did not involve any strong-arm police state tactics,” said the AntiMedia.com report. “Instead, they worked to find alternative crops for farmers to grow that would actually make them more money.”

According to a report in VICE News, the UN notes that Bolivian coca cultivation is now at its lowest point since the world body began monitoring it in 2003. In addition, the site noted that Bolivian officials are looking at even further decreases to comply with a national law that sets aside no more than 12,000 hectares for coca planting.

While the government is currently negotiating for a final allowance of 20,000 hectares, whatever the final target is will mean that Bolivia is nonetheless unique in its ability to reduce coca cultivation while avoiding the kind of violence and alienation of poor farmers that is typical of other, more orthodox, eradication methods and efforts in the region.

“Bolivia has adopted a policy based on dialogue, where coca cultivation is allowed in traditional areas alongside alternative development [in others],” Antonino de Leo, UNODC’s representative in Bolivia, told VICE News.

He added that Bolivia had mostly succeeded in its “innovative approach” that combines the unionization of coca growers and respect for human rights with forced eradication efforts in non-permitted regions.

“It’s not only about making money off a crop,” said de Leo. “In the old fashioned alternative development approach, we substitute one illicit crop for a licit crop. It’s about a more comprehensive approach that includes access to essential services like schools, hospitals, and roads in areas that traditionally have been hard to reach.”

DEA as drug dealer

Although the country’s approach to coca cultivation is novel, it should not be surprising. The country’s drug czar, as well as its president, Evo Morales, are both former coca growers.

Following his election in 2005, Morales undertook efforts to negotiate with coca grower unions, promising them he would give them higher prices for growing less coca. Recently, the UN has estimated Bolivia’s legitimate coca crop at more than $8 per kilogram of dried leaves, which several times higher than it is in Colombia and double the market rate in Peru.

The ejection of the DEA from Bolivia –- and the country’s subsequent drop in the production and sale of coca –- is most definitely unique in that the DEA has been implicated in drug-running operations, as Natural News reported recently.

In addition, Morales’ decision to eject the agency from his country was vindicated after documents surfaced showing that the DEA had been conducting covert reconnaissance in some neighboring countries, VICE News reported.

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2 Responses to “Bolivia kicks out US Drug Enforcement Agency; drug crime rates immediately plummet”

  1. RabbiT says:

    No surprise there. Independent countries would do well to keep the US, the UK, the EU etc. out of the running of their affairs:

    Much the same story in Afghanistan with the Taliban eradicating opium production by 2001, 9/11 ensuring the US can get business up and running again (for those not already in the know):

    http://www.fringemedia.net/#!911-and-the-afghan-opium-connection/c1fwf

  2. beLIEve says:

    It is the khazar zionists…….hiding “THEIR” genocidal, thieving, perfidy behind the flags of other nations……..US, UK, EU etc…..who are the “entities” responsible for the premeditated chaos in the World.

    No fully paid up member of the human race, when acquainted with the full facts, would ever authorise/engage in the evil, that is the “hallmark” of the lunatic khazars.
    The populace of US, UK and Europe are “in the dark”/asleep, as to the actions of the so-called governments, that act ….counter to the interests of an harmonious existence for the human race.

    I agree with RabbiT that the “go-burn-munts” of US, UK, EU are the culprits but, Imho these “governments” are illegitimate !
    I believe elections are rigged, which means these governments do not represent/work in the interests of those who; in a democracy, possess the “authority” to …..place them in power.

    Western Nations have been infiltrated/hijacked by an “INFESTATION” of khazars, who are “passing themselves off” as nationals of the Nation States they OCCUPY.
    Whilst many people recognise their countries/world …..is not working…..they seem unable to identify the cause as, most would assume their “POLUTITIONS”/officials would be working in the best interests of the Nation.
    It takes knowledge and, the time to acquire that knowledge, that for many is the defining moment of REVELATION.

    It is an anathema to much that is human, to finally acknowledge that “ones” government is working to destroy the Nation and, the people that are FORCED to finance it !

    Evo Morales, has a reputation for being “one of the people”.
    I believe he is the first Indigenous Bolivian Sovereign, to attain the Office of President. Previous Presidents, being of Western (khazar zionist ?) extraction.

    If, I remember correctly, President Morales sent the US Ambassador “packing” a few years ago ?
    And, as many will remember, it was the Presidential plane of Evo Morales that was “ordered” to land by …..khazar zionist stooges….in the mistaken belief that Snowden, might be on board !

    Evo Morales “appears” to be one of those rare men, that the Prime creator has endowed with an impressive set of……c o jones !

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