Colombia rejects coca expansion report

April 17, 2006 at 10:53 AM
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BOGOTA, April 17 (UPI) -- The Colombian government has rejected estimates of coca production increases put forward by the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Interior Minister Sabas Pretelt said the increase in production was not nearly as high as the U.S. agency said, El Tiempo reported Monday.

U.S. drug officials released a report Sunday saying the land used for growing coca -- the raw material used to make cocaine -- has increase by 26 percent.

The United States has spent some $4 billion in recent years on Plan Colombia: a drug eradication effort that includes aerial spraying to kill illegal crops and training and equipment for the Colombian army to combat the drug trade.

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