Huge Cocaine Factory Found in Bolivia

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - Bolivia's interior minister says police
have uncovered one of the country's biggest known cocaine
processing factories.

Interior Minister Alfredo Rada says two Colombians and a
Bolivian were arrested at the nearly 1,000-acre (400 hectare) site
in Bolivia's dense, southeastern jungles.

He said Friday that anti-drug police were led to the factory
after intercepting a small plane bearing 660 pounds (300 kilograms)
of cocaine near Bolivia's border with Argentina and Paraguay this
week.

Bolivia is the world's third biggest producer of coca after
Colombia and Peru.

The leaf is used in indigenous teas and medicines, and to make
cocaine.

The government says Bolivian police confiscated a record 27 tons
of drugs in 2008.


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