- Title: Peru burns more than 7 tonnes of confiscated drugs
- Date: 11th October 2016
- Summary: LIMA, PERU (OCTOBER 11, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CRIMINOLOGY EXPERTS AND INTERIOR MINISTRY MEMBERS CARRYING BAGS CONTAINING A TOTAL OF 7 TONNES OF CONFISCATED DRUGS TO BE INCINERATED MAN WEIGHING SEIZED DRUGS VARIOUS OF AUTHORITIES CHECKING FOR DRUGS PURITY VARIOUS OF MAN CARRYING SEIZED DRUGS IN BAGS GENERAL VIEW OF BAGS OF DRUGS LABEL ON BAGS OF DRUGS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) POLICE DIRECTOR, GENERAL VICENTE ROMERO, SAYING: "We have 20,200 kilograms of cocaine, 6,182 metric tonnes of chemical inputs. We have a more or less an approximate average of 64 clandestine airstrips seized and 5,231 kilograms of marijuana." MAN WEARING PROTECTIVE SUIT PLACING SEIZED DRUGS INTO FURNACE FOR INCINERATION SMOKE COMING OUT OF CHIMNEY DURING DRUG BURN DRUGS BEING PLACED INTO INCINERATOR BAGS OF DRUGS MAN PLACING DRUGS INTO INCINERATOR WIDE OF SMOKE COMING OUT OF CHIMNEY DURING DRUG BURN
- Embargoed: 26th October 2016 15:32
- Keywords: National Police drug trafficking cocaine marijuana
- Location: LIMA, PERU
- City: LIMA, PERU
- Country: Peru
- Reuters ID: LVA00153KAHQB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Peruvian authorities incinerated on Tuesday (October 11) more than seven tonnes of drugs confiscated by the Peruvian police in various operations over the past several months.
The drug burn included cocaine in various forms, marijuana, opium among others.
Criminology experts and members from Peru's interior ministry supervised an operation to weigh and check for the purity of the drugs.
Bags of seized drugs were then carried out to be incinerated.
Police director, General Vicente Romero, said the police have also seized 64 clandestine airstrips recently.
"We have 20,200 kilograms of cocaine, 6,182 metric tonnes of chemical inputs. We have a more or less an approximate average of 64 clandestine airstrips seized and 5,231 kilograms of marijuana," he said.
Tuesday's incineration consisted of drugs confiscated in raids conducted since July 15.
Peru's efforts to eradicate drugs comes amid a renewed focus; according to the U.N. and the U.S. government, Peru is currently the world's top cocaine producer.
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