Peru, Colombia Plan Joint Coca Eradication Op

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Authorities in Peru and Colombia will carry out a joint operation to manually eradicate 200 hectares of coca plants on their shared border.

The plan to eradicate illegal cultivation of the crop in Peru’s northern Loreto province and Putumayo, southwest Colombia, was announced at a forum on regional police cooperation against drug trafficking, held this week in Bogota.

Law enforcement representatives from Andean Community (CAN) member states, including Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia, used the forum to discuss best practices and identify opportunities for cooperation on counter-narcotics efforts in the region.

Peru and Colombia announced the bilateral effort would take place in early December. The chief of Peru’s anti-drug police also said that he hopes the scheme will be extended to other border regions, in particular to the tri-border area of Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.

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