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The number of cocaine base labs destroyed by Bolivian law enforcement is also higher under Morales than any prior period, and seizures of Cocaine base and Cocaine have also increased (BINLEA, 2008, 2010).
The contrast is great, when Bolivia is compared with Venezuela, which has effectively ceased cooperation in US anti-drug efforts in recent years (BINLEA, 2008, 2010).
When Evo Morales was elected in 2005, observers of Bolivian politics expressed concern regarding Morales' commitment to the "War on Drugs." Indeed, Morales' policies continue to arouse concern--for example, despite US government statistics that suggest a greater degree of success and cooperation in drug eradication and interdiction, the United States government continues to call Bolivian antidrug cooperation uneven, and the US State Department continues to express "concern" over Morales' supposed pro-drug tendencies (BINLEA, 2008).
Although there are obvious differences between Venezuela and Bolivia, and between Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales, the dramatic change in Venezuelan drug policy (or lack thereof) demonstrates the possibility that nations can, given a different set of incentives, effectively resist diplomatic pressure to eradicate, interdict, and destroy cocaine and cocaine-related activities (BINLEA, 2008).