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06/11/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Bolivians depend on coca plant despite anti-drug efforts

For more than 30 years, a drug war was waged in Bolivia with the help of the U.S. drug enforcement administration. Bolivia’s Yungas region is one of the world’s leading sources of the coca plant — the key ingredient in the production of cocaine.

But Bolivia’s leftist leader, Eva Morales — himself a former coca farmer — recently expelled U.S. drug enforcement agents from the country. As Worldfocus’ Ivette Feliciano, Bryan Myers and Ara Ayer discovered, many impoverished Bolivians depend on the coca plant for their livelihood.

Bolivian leader Eva Morales recently expelled U.S. drug enforcement agents from the country. Bolivia’s Yungas region is one of the world’s leading sources of the coca plant — the key ingredient in the production of cocaine. But many impoverished Bolivians depend on the coca plant for their livelihood.http://worldfocus.org/files/2009/05/th_bolivia_coca.jpghttp://worldfocus.org/files/2009/05/th_bolivia_coca.jpg

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