Brazil Deploys Unmanned Aircraft Over Bolivia

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Brazil will soon start deploying unmanned aircraft into Bolivian airspace as part of an agreement with La Paz to fight the drug trafficking and organized crime that plague their mutual border.

AFP reported on the deployment revealing that the planes will be concentrating their efforts not only on the triple border area where Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay meet, which has long been a smuggling center, but also where Brazil, Bolivia and Peru intersect.

Since President Evo Morales expelled the US Drug Enforcement Administration in November 2008, Bolivia has been looking for alternative sources of support for the war on drugs, and Brazil has stepped up.  In March Brazil agreed to help Bolivia, not only with the unmanned aircraft, but with support and training for the Bolivian security forces.

Almost 60 percent of the cocaine seized in the ever-growing Brazilian market has been traced back to Bolivia.

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