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Saturday September 14, 2013

Brazilian, Peruvian Police Bust Drug Labs on Border

Brazilian, Peruvian Police Bust Drug Labs on Border

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Brazilian and Peruvian police have launched a joint operation to destroy cocaine labs in the region of their shared border, Brazil’s Justice Ministry said Friday.

The labs targeted in the third annual “Operation Topaz” produce around 10 tons of cocaine a year, according to a ministry statement.

Besides the labs, the binational task force will seek out and destroy coca - the raw material of cocaine - and identify areas vulnerable to drug traffickers.

Creating a map of illicit activity in the border region can help authorities reduce the amounts of cocaine smuggled into Brazil, the justice ministry said.

The 30-day joint operation will be coordinated from a command post in the Brazilian border town of Tabatinga.

Brazilian officials estimate that roughly 54 percent of the cocaine that enters their country comes from Bolivia, while another 38 percent originates in Peru.