Government led major joint operation against illegal mining in Madre de Dios

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El Comercio and Peru.21 reported that 1500 police and troops dynamited $23 million worth of heavy machinery used in illegal gold mining in Madre de Dios.  The operation was the first such action since a nationwide ban on illegal mining took effect April 19.  Security forces accompanied by prosecutors blew up backhoes, generators, and water pumps in the Huaypetue district.  Most of the equipment destroyed belongs to the Baca-Casas illegal mining band and included 15 backhoes and 45 big motors used to suck water from rivers and nine dredges.

Photo: Andina / Carlos Lezama
Photo: Andina / Carlos Lezama
Note: Also covered by AP.  El Comercio 10, Andina.


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