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Bolivia gets modern drug incinerators


11:20, May 11, 2013

LA PAZ, May 10 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Friday delivered two modern drug incinerators to help Bolivia fight drugs.

"We hope to contribute to strengthening and modernizing the anti-drug fight in Bolivia," said UNODC representative Cesar Guedes Friday at an official ceremony unveiling the incinerators.

The British-made incinerators, to be installed in the capital La Paz and in Santa Cruz, are environment-friendly, capable of destroying 60 to 90 km of cocaine per hour, and are designed with safeguards to prevent explosions and toxic fumes.

Until recently, illicit drugs had to be destroyed manually in Bolivia, posing great health risks to anti-drug officers and public prosecutors involved in the process, as well as releasing contaminants into the atmosphere.

Attending the ceremony were visiting German anti-drug czar Mechthild Dyckmas, Bolivian Interior Minister Carlos Romero, chief of Special Force Against Drug Trafficking Gonzalo Quezada and Attorney General Ramiro Guerrero.

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