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Peruvian Congress authorizes shooting down drug planes

Peruvian Congress gives military the authority to shoot down cocaine-smuggling airplanes

Peruvian Congress authorizes shooting down drug planes

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peru's Congress has unanimously approved legislation authorizing military planes to shoot down suspected drug flights, which police say smuggle more than a ton of cocaine to Bolivia daily.
President Ollanta Humala is expected to sign the bill into law.
Peru halted aerial interdiction after an air force pilot killed a U.S. missionary and her child in a 2001 attack on a misidentified plane.
Peru became the world's No. 1 cocaine producer in 2012 and about half the cocaine it produces travels via small planes to Bolivia.
Humala vowed to make combating trafficking a priority when he took office in 2011.
His government has eradicated a record amount of coca fields but has been criticized for seizing a relatively small amount of cocaine and leaving the "air bridge" to Bolivia undisturbed.


Updated : 2021-09-24 01:44 GMT+08:00