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Cocaine Output in Andes Region Falls 10% Amid Eradication Effort

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July 9 (Bloomberg) -- Cocaine output in the Andes region fell 10 percent last year as Colombia and Peru increased efforts to eradicate production and enforce the law, the U.S. government said today.

Pure cocaine production in Bolivia fell 18 percent to 155 metric tons (341,717 pounds) in 2012, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy said today in an e-mailed statement. Colombian output dropped 7.9 percent to 175 metric tons and Peru’s production slid 4.9 percent to 290 metric tons, according to the statement. The three nations are the world’s biggest producers of the drug, while the U.S. is its top consumer. Cocaine production has dropped 41 percent in the past decade, the U.S. report says.

The reductions can be traced to factors including the strengthened partnership between the U.S. and Colombia and Peruvian President Ollanta Humala’s increased commitment to counter-narcotics cooperation and security, the office said.

To contact the reporters on this story: Eric Martin in Mexico City at emartin21@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andre Soliani at asoliani@bloomberg.net

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