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Bolivia finds $1 million tossed from airplane

October 2, 2013

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian officials say they’ve found $1 million in a bag tossed from an airplane.

Government Minister Carlos Romero says anti-drug police spotted a man who was signaling to a low-flying plane at a clandestine landing strip. As the plane swooped low, a bag filled with money was tossed out.

Romero says police arrested three people and seized two vehicles, a rifle and an automatic weapon during Sunday’s operating in Tigre, a town in Santa Cruz state. The plane was not identified and escaped. He says the operation foiled plans to create a drug factory.

Bolivian officials defend use of coca as a traditional stimulant, but try to prosecute those who try to turn it into cocaine and trade in it.

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