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Bolivia’s armed forces dismissed a general and four other officers for allowing millions of dollars worth of cocaine to be smuggled out of the country, the military high command said. Gen. Gustavo Arrazola and the four other officers, whose identities were not disclosed, were accused of protecting a clandestine airstrip in the Chapare coca leaf producing region. The dishonorable discharges came one day after police and U.S. drug agents raided and destroyed a jungle cocaine laboratory that produced 3.5 tons of pure cocaine--worth at least $50 million--each week.


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