Peru seizes about 130 kg cocaine

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    Peru seizes about 130 kg cocaine

    LIMA, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Peruvian authorities seized a total of 129.94kg basic cocaine paste in the Apurimac and Ene Rivers Valley (VRAE), Peru's top coca-producing valley, a police chief said on Sunday.

    In a raid on drug traffickers on Saturday, police seized 121.24kg of drugs in a van in the Pichari district in the Cusco Region and detained the driver and his companion, Colonel of the National Police Hector Silva said.

    Meanwhile, in Huanta city, Ayacucho province, a women with 8.7 kg of cocaine hydrochlorate was detained when she was boarding a passenger vehicle.

    The VRAE is an area where the four provinces of Ayacucho, Apurimac, Cusco and Junin abut. It is one of the zones with the highest yield of illegal coca leaves in the country.

    Peru is the second largest producer of coca leaves worldwide, producing more than 300 tons of cocaine annually, an average 10 percent of which is seized. 2009-11-02 09:43:48

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