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Peru to monitor illegal drug trade via satellite

Peru: Peru has begun using satellites to track trucks carrying legally-purchased chemicals that can be used to make cocaine. This will help in monitoring illegal drug trade in the country. Vehicles belonging to companies authorised to import the chemicals for legal purposes must have a GPS satellite tracking system and travel on routes authorised by police, said Prime Minister Juan Jimenez.

Police and officials with the country”s tax office will monitor where the chemicals are sent, Jimenez said.

While the United Nations says Peru is the world”s second largest producer of coca leaf after Colombia, it is the world”s top producer of cocaine, according to 2011 figures from the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Source: The Australian