Friday, August 21, 2015

Peru to Begin Shooting Down Drug Planes

From Peru This Week:

Peru passes law that permits shooting down narco-planes
The Guardian, BBC and International Business Times, among other news portals have announced the big news: Peru has passed the law that allows the military to shoot down planes suspected of smuggling cocaine.
In February, the Peruvian Government announced it would be establishing a no-fly zone in the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro rivers (Vraem), where the majority of coca fields and cocaine are produced in Peru. It made headlines all this year that Peru had become the world’s largest producer, ahead of Colombia.

Despite major eradication efforts and the destruction of 36 clandestine landing strips, Peru is seeking to up its fight against narco-trafficking in the Vraem.

So, after a vote of 89-0 the legislation was passed and it is expected that President Ollanta Humala will sign it into law, reports The Guardian...MORE