Bolivian President Evo Morales affirmed yesterday that the fight against drugs in the country has been more successful without the help of the US.
“We are better off without the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),” declared Morales yesterday in a speech at the celebration for the 26th anniversary of the Anti Drug-Trafficking Special Force (FELCN). “We are doing better alone than with them and we have been able to show it in a very shot time,” he added.
“We seized 77,688,561 grams of cocaine with the DEA and 129,544,097 without the DEA.”
He went on to specify that since the DEA was expelled from Bolivia, 52,842 police operations have been carried out, against 40,835 which took place between 1998 and 2008, when the US agency operated in the country.
FELCN commander Mario Centellas, said that from the time of DEA’s ejection to 20th July of this year, 11 tonnes of cocaine and 36 tonnes of marihuana have been seized, and 2,732 cocaine factories and 27 crystallisation laboratories destroyed.
The DEA was expelled from Bolivia in 2008 as the President accused them of plotting against his government. In May of this year another US agency, the Narcotics Affairs Section (NAS), announced that it will also leave the country after three decades. The NAS provided financial support to the DEA.
“According to [the US], [the fight against drug trafficking] is only possible with the NAS and the DEA. Here, it is the opposite,” said Morales.
“They should finance [these operations] not as a cooperation, but as an obligation, because the origin of drug trafficking is in developed countries”, he stated.