Peru destroys nearly 9 tons of drugs

Peru destroys nearly 9 tons of drugs
# 27 November 2013 03:14 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Peruvian authorities Tuesday destroyed nearly nine tons of drugs confiscated in anti-narcotics operations, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Peruvian Interior Minister Walter Alban oversaw the destruction of some 8,716 kg of drugs at the headquarters of Peru's national police department of special operations.

Alban said that so far this year, 22,543 hectares of illegal coca crops have been destroyed, exceeding the year's target of 22,000 hectares.

"That figure, which we have by far surpassed, marks a record high in coca eradication," said Alban, stressing the operations helped prevent the production of 173 tons of cocaine.

Peru is considered the world's leading producer of coca plants, with 61,200 hectares of the crop distributed among 14 valleys. Only 12,000 hectares of coca are legally grown for industrial use.

According to authorities, nine out of 10 coca bushes end up in the hands of drug traffickers, who annually produce some 325 tons of cocaine in clandestine labs.

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