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Oct 14, 2008 at 02:19pm IST

Peru burns cocaine to curb narcotics trade

New Delhi: In an effort to curb illegal narcotics trade in the country, Peruvian authorities on Monday burnt four tonnes of cocaine and other drugs which they had seized since September 2, 2008.

The drugs seized included powdered cocaine, heroin, morphine and other cocaine extracts. The bags of drugs were produced for chemical analysis and then incinerated.

The United Nations has estimated that coca cultivation in Peru is on the rise and has shown a 4 per cent increase last year.

This current effort is a continuation of last year's crackdown when officials found and burned 20 tonnes of cocaine, worth more than $2 billion.

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