Peru approves downing of drug trafficking planes

Peru’s congress approves legislation to shoot down planes suspected of smuggling illegal drugs

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Peru’s President Ollanta Humala

The Bolivian congress passed a bill unanimously on Thursday to shoot down suspected aircraft’s carrying illegal drugs out of Peru.

Increasing measures on drug trafficking through the new law is anticipated to shrink the growing number of  planes used to carry cocaine cargo, out of the country.

Peru’s President Ollanta Humala, will sign the bill that passed all 89 lawmakers, for it to be officially enforced under the law.

The policy was formerly banned in 2001 after a wrong target killed an American missionary and her infant daughter.

According to the US State Department, Peru is the top cocain producer in the world with an estimated 180 tonnes of cocaine that have been smuggled out of the country in 2014 using small planes.

Currently, countries in the region including Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and Bolivia allow the shooting down of planes carrying illegal substances, but under strict guidelines.

TRTWorld and agencies