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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.

Wife of Missing Ex-FBI Agent Pleas with Iran for Help Finding Husband

Steve Neavling 
 ticklethewire.com

The wife of a former FBI agent missing for five years traveled to New York to urge Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to help find her husband, NBC 4 New York reports.

Bob Levinson, 64, traveled to the Iranian island of Kish on March 8, 2007, and never returned.

His wife, Christine Levinson, said she feels helpless because she has no information or way of finding out new information.

The plea coincides with Ahmadinejad’s planned speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, NBC 4 New York reported.

“I am pleading with all the members of the UN to try and help me get Iran to investigate,” she said.

Large Cocaine Package Found at UN Building

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

You never know where the next big shipment of cocaine may end up.

DEA agents and New York City police are investigating a shipment of a reported $2 million worth of cocaine intercepted last week at the United Nations headquarters, in New York, reports FOX.

Around 35 pounds of cocaine, stuffed inside hollowed out books and in two mailbags stamped with bogus UN logos, was intercepted by security personnel at the UN headquarter’s mail processing center, according to FOX. The UN insists that none of its staff is involved in the incident.

The shipment originated in Mexico and came through a DHL center in Cincinnati.

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