The National Superintendence of Customs and Tax Administration (Sunat) has seized over 1,200 tons of cement and salt so far this year, from the vicinities of coca-growing areas.
According to Sunat, these products are utilized by drug-traffickers in order to process coca leaves.
In this sense, the institution detected the non-controlled transport of substitute products to those areas, in unusual amounts.
Likewise, Sunat indicated it carries out the confiscation of cement, salt, and other substitute products at the checkpoints located at the entry routes to coca-growing areas.
In order to fight this drug-trafficking strategy, four new substances —used for coca leaf processing— were included, on October 20, in the list of products controlled and inspected by Sunat.
These products are: sulfamic acid, calcium chloride, sodium hydroxide, and sodium metabisulfite.
Thus, there are 41 chemical substances that are controlled and inspected.