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Bolivia, Brazil sign agreement to fight cocaine trafficking

Deal aims to fill void left when Bolivia expelled US in 2008

Brazil’s justice minister, Jose Eduardo Cardozo, has signed an agreement to help train and equip Bolivian security forces to better fight cross-border drug trafficking, the BBC reports. Boliva is the third-largest cocaine producer in the world, and more than half its output passes through Brazil. The BBC says the deal is a bid to fill the void left when US drug enforcement forces were expelled from the Bolivia in 2008 amidst allegations of political interference.