The Bolivian government is enforcing measures to stamp out the traditional trade in coca leaves -- the raw materials for the drug cocaine.
GV PAN/CU Coca growing (3 shots)
SV/CU Workers stripping leaves from plants (4 shots)
CU PULL BACK/PAN OVER Stripped coca plants
SV Workers wading through water on their way home
GV Village huts
LV/CU Woman sprinkling coca leaves out to dry (2 shots)
LV Trucks lined at coca control post (2 shots)
SV Truck being searched
SV/CU Woman being searched and 'baby' being revealed as coca plant (2 shots)
LV PAN Other trucks being searched and woman seated in driving cab (2 shots)
SV/LV Inspectors searching trucks (2 SHOTS)
CU Investigator showing seized bags and other contraband products on roadside. (2 shots)
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Background: The Bolivian government is enforcing measures to stamp out the traditional trade in coca leaves -- the raw materials for the drug cocaine. Strict controls are being imposed at border points to present the smuggling of coca leaves across the border to Colombia. Bolivian farmers are also being encouraged to plant alternative crops, but it is proving difficult because, traditionally, farmers are used to eating coca leaves themselves as part of their diet. The government effort is part of an international campaign to cut off the supply of drugs to addicts in western nations.