DEA Quits Bolivia on Morales’ Order

LA PAZ, Bolivia, Jan 29, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has removed all its agents from Bolivia, complying with orders by President Evo Morales, officials said.

The DEA began pulling agents out several weeks ago and the last agents left Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported. The development comes even as Bolivian officials say coca cultivation and cocaine processing are growing.

Morales ordered the DEA out in November, more than three decades after the DEA began working there. He expelled U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg last year and the Bush administration has decertified Bolivia’s anti-drug campaign.

Citing senior law enforcement officials, the Times reported this is the first time the DEA has been ordered to pull its entire operation out of a country.

Officials said DEA personnel would be redeployed to bordering countries, where they could monitor developments in Bolivia.

Morales, 49, has led Bolivia for three years, raising taxes on foreign companies and using the revenue for senior pensions and increased public works spending. Leftist-leaning Venezuela and communist Cuba have been close allies.

Bolivians voted Sunday to swing their country toward socialism and allow Morales to seek re-election this year.

– Article from United Press International on January 29, 2009.

Comments

16 Comments

  1. captain canada on

    All I can say is that Marijuana/Refer prohibition laws in North America do a lot more damage to people then smoking refer does, alone, and when anti-marijuana organizations like the D.E.A.or who ever announce to the public that marijuana is a steppingstone/gateway drug which causes people to use hard drugs , they are admitting that refer is not a hard drug by stating that.

  2. captain canada on

    All I can say is that Marijuana/Refer prohibition laws in North America do a lot more damage to people then smoking refer does, alone, and when anti-marijuana organizations like the D.E.A.or who ever announce to the public that marijuana is a steppingstone/gateway drug which causes people to use hard drugs , they are admitting that refer is not a hard drug and that it does not do more harm then silly and stupid and idiotic prohibition laws by stating that.

  3. Anonymous on

    well done Evo! heroine importers should never prevail….

  4. joe on

    i agree canada should tell the dea to get out, i am american who now lives in canada

  5. Anonymous on

    Heh, I believe the CIA will still continue it’s operations.

  6. dslarsen on

    One country down, 120 to go. DEA out of EVERYWHERE!

    Maybe next time around we need to elect an American Indian to the Presidency.

  7. Anonymous on

    Now the DEA’s gone who’ll export the coke?

  8. Opus on

    Lets kick the DEA out of CANADA next!

  9. earthman on

    Maybe some of us americans can get jobs on the coca farms . Wonder if they are hiring??????

  10. commrad on

    amen DEA are aliens. humans love the weed. dea go home

  11. Anonymous on

    how can we kick them out of here, too?

  12. jalo on

    Love this guy. Now Canada should tell the DEA to Get Out!!!!!!!!

  13. Anonymous on

    Now the spies will take over

  14. Anonymous on

    Now the spies will be back in 24 hrs they may never jave left

  15. Anonymous on

    That is just GREAT!