Lima, November 27 (RHC), -- Peruvian authorities on Tuesday destroyed nearly nine tons of drugs confiscated in anti-narcotics operations, local media said.
Peruvian Interior Minister Walter Alban oversaw the destruction of some 8,716 kg of drugs at the headquarters of Peru's national police department of special operations.
Alban said that so far this year, 22,543 hectares of illegal coca crops have been destroyed, exceeding the year's target of 22,000 hectares.
Alban stressed that these operations have helped prevent the production of 173 tons of cocaine.
Peru is considered the world's leading producer of coca plants, with 61,200 hectares of the crop distributed among 14 valleys. Only 12,000 hectares of coca are legally grown for industrial use.