Thursday, February 3, 2022

Ex-top drug cop in Bolivia charged with cocaine trafficking

Former Bolivian antinarcotics chief Maximiliano Dávila Pérez has been charged in the U.S. with conspiring to provide top-level protection for cocaine shipments. Bolivian authorities arrested Dávila-Perez last month on suspicion of money laundering as he was trying to flee to Argentina. Dávila-Perez served as antinarcotics chief in the final months of Evo Morales' presidency, which ended in November 2019 when the former coca farmer resigned amid street protests after his claim he had won election to an unprecedented fourth term.
Dávila-Perez, a 57-year-old former police coronel, was removed as antinarcotics chief by Morales' successor.
Morales expelled the DEA from Bolivia in 2008, accusing it of plotting to overthrow his government. U.S. prosecutors allege that Bolivia’s antinarcotics agency is rife with corruption.

Foreign Minister Rogelio Mayta said his government would evaluate the U.S. request that Dávila-Perez be extradited to face trial. President Luis Arce is an ally of Morales.