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DEA Informant Says U.S. Targets Bolivia with Secret Indictments

La Paz, September 16 (teleSUR-RHC)-- A disgruntled Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) informant Carlos Toro announced the United States has secretly indicted high-level Bolivian officials in connection to an alleged cocaine trafficking scheme, a politically-motivated move to undermine the government of Evo Morales, the Huffington Post reported on Tuesday.

The indictments, which is part of DEA sting known as "Operation Naked King", were revealed during a trial involving Toro who filed legal charges against the federal government this month, asking for $5 million in unpaid compensation for his more than 25 years of work for the DEA.

Among those targeted by the indictments are Walter Alvarez, a top Bolivian air force official; the late Raul Garcia, father of Vice President Álvaro Garcia Linera; Faustino Gimenez, an Argentine citizen and Bolivian resident who is said to be a close ally to the vice president; and Katy Alcoreza, described as an intelligence agent for Morales.       

In recent years, several high-level Bolivian officials have been targeted including Bolivian anti-drugs "czar" Rene Sanabria and General Oscar Nina, who were arrested for their involvement in a 2011 drug trafficking operation.

The most recent revelations take place as Evo Morales considered restoring diplomatic relations with the U.S. and his anti drug “czar” Felipe Caceres was suggesting that cooperation on drug eradication could follow.

However, shortly after the initial talks, negotiations dissipated when the Bolivian government responded angrily to what was perceived as “disinformation” included in the U.S. State Department latest annual report regarding Bolivia’s anti drug efforts.

In 2008, Morales announced the indefinite suspension of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) operations in Bolivia after accusing some DEA agents of espionage.           

The departure of the DEA led the U.S. Department of State to adopt a stridently critical tone towards Bolivia in its annual reports to Congress.
Edited by Ivan Martínez
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