Morales: DEA not coming back to Bolivia

AP News
Posted: Mar 03, 2011 4:08 PM
Morales: DEA not coming back to Bolivia

President Evo Morales says he has no intention of inviting U.S. drug agents to return to Bolivia, despite failings in Bolivia's counternarcotics enforcement .

In 2008, Morales expelled all the roughly 30 agents the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had in Bolivia, accusing them of aiding his opponents.

Now, a DEA sting operation has ensnared the recently retired chief of Bolivia's anti-drug police. Rene Sanabria pleaded innocent in Miami Wednesday to charges he smuggled 100 kilograms of cocaine to the United States.

Morales told military officers on Thursday that as long as he's president, he will ensure Bolivia's "sovereignty and dignity are respected" _ and that does not include submitting his police to DEA authority.