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Cocaine Production in Bolivia Drops for 4th Year in Row After DEA Was Kicked Out

boliviaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

For the fourth year in a row, cocaine production declined in Bolivia after the DEA was forced to leave the country, Mint Press News reports. 

Last year, cocaine production dropped 11% over the prior year, according to the United Nations.

The DEA was forced out of Bolivia seven years ago, and instead of seeking punitive measures, the Bolivian government found alternative crops for farmers.

“Bolivia has adopted a policy based on dialogue, where coca cultivation is allowed in traditional areas alongside alternative development [in others],” Antonino de Leo, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s representative in Bolivia, told VICE News.

“It’s not only about making money off a crop. In the old fashioned alternative development approach, we substitute one illicit crop for a licit crop. It’s about a more comprehensive approach that includes access to essential services like schools, hospitals, and roads in areas that traditionally have been hard to reach,” Leo added.

New Chief Border Patrol Agent for Yuma Sector Is ‘Humbled and Honored’

Anthony J. Porvaznik

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

When Anthony J. Porvaznik was deployed to Bolivia in 1992 to crack down on raw materials being sold for drugs, he said he learned an important less of being a part of Border Patrol.

“That experience taught me to emphasize the safety and value of the officers serving,” Porvaznik told the Yuma Sun. 

Porvaznik plans to use that experience as the new chief patrol agent for the Yuma Sector.

“It’s great the level of experience and dedication that the agents have to the mission,” he said. “Yuma and its communities are very supportive of the work that Border Patrol does.”

Porvaznik said he’s excited and grateful about the new job.

“I am very humbled and honored to have been offered this job,” he said. “Yuma Sector is a great place to start off as a chief.”

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WikiLeaks Hints That NSA Leaker Snowden Is on Verge of Being Granted Asylum

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

NSA leaker Edward Snowden may soon be granted asylum, and the “obvious choice” is Venezuela, WikiLeaks hinted Wednesday, the USA Today reports.

If true, that would end weeks of an international stalemate that left Snowden in legal limbo at a Moscow airport.

WikiLeaks, which has advocated for Snowden’s asylum, tweeted on Wednesday: “The first phase of Edward Snowden’s ‘Flight of Liberty’ campaign will be launched.”

Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, who revealed NSA’s widespread surveillance following meetings with Snowden, said the leaker’s best chances for asylum are Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua.

Relations Warm, But Bolivia’s President Still Says No to DEA

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Three years after expelling US Ambassador Phillip Goldberg and the DEA, Bolivia’s populist president Evo Morales has made moves to warm ties with the US.

But not so fast for the DEA, says a report from the Associated Press.

Morales kicked US diplomats and law enforcement officias out of the country in 2008, but a new pact calls for “the restoration of ambassadors as soon as possible and close cooperation in counter narcotics, trade and development” the Associated Press reported, citing an anonymous US source.

But US drug agents are not welcome back, as a matter of “dignity and sovereignty,” according to the AP.

Before his election in 2005, Morales led a union of coca growers, farmers of the plant that cocaine is derived from, but of which the leaves are traditionally chewed as a coffee-like stimulant in Bolivian culture. He says he was “personally a victim” of US agents controlled by Bolivian military and police.

“For the first time since Bolivia was founded, the United States will now respect Bolivia’s rules” and laws, Morales said.

Bolivia is the No. 3 producer of cocaine, and drug officials say the narcotic’s production has increased since the DEA was expelled.

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Ex-Bolivian Drug Chief Busted by DEA Seeks Leniency

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

If a counternarcotics official from another nation profits from trafficking cocaine into the United States, but has a clean criminal record otherwise, should a judge go lenient at sentencing?

That’s what Rene Sanabria is hoping. Sanabria headed a Bolivian drug intelligence unit, but was arrested earlier this year by the DEA in Panama when agents posed as Colombian drug lords. The DEA says he and others helped move thousands of dollars worth of cocaine into Miami. Sanabria pleaded guilty in Miami and is now seeking leniency.  The penalty for the charges ranges from a minimum of 10 years to life, reports the Associated Press.

His attorney lawyer thinks his client should get less than the 10 year minimum, AP reported.

Sanabria denies using his government affiliating to aid in the trafficking.

Sentencing is set for Friday.

Last DEA Agents Leave Bolivia as Relationship With U.S. Continues to Sink

This perplexing development is a blow to the DEA’s war on drugs and is a further sign of the deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and Bolivia. Will any other South American nations follow?

By Chris Kraul
Los Angeles Times
LA PA, Bolivia — The last U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents left Bolivia on Thursday after having been ordered out by President Evo Morales, even as Bolivian police report that coca cultivation and cocaine processing are on the rise.
Morales demanded the DEA’s exit in November as part of a bitter dispute between U.S. and Bolivian officials that included his expulsion of U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg and the Bush administration’s decertification of Bolivia’s anti-drug effort.
The departure in recent weeks of three dozen agents ends the DEA’s presence here after more than three decades. Senior law enforcement officials said it was the first time a DEA operation had been ordered out of a country en masse.
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