Latin America: Peruvian Coca Leader Nancy Obregon Arrested 12/23/05

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Peru's CPN Radio reported December 16 that coca grower leader Nancy Obregon was arrested earlier in the day in the Upper Huallaga River valley town of Tingo Maria. According to the network, the National Police held Obregon on an arrest warrant issued after she and fellow cocalero leader Elsa Malpartida failed to show up for a sentencing hearing on charges they incited riots during cocalero strike in Tingo Maria in May 2004.

Nancy Obregon in Mérida
A similar warrant has been issued for Malpartida, whom CPN reported was planning travel to neighboring Bolivia. A spokesman for the Peruvian Interior Ministry told CPN police were searching for her.

Obregon and Malpartida are the top leaders of the National Confederation of Coca Growers, one of the leading cocalero groupings, and have been militant in opposing government eradication programs and demanding the right to grow the traditional Peruvian crop.

As far as DRCNet can determine, Obregon continued to be held as of press time.

Obregon was a speaker at DRCNet's 2003 "Out from the Shadows" conference in the city of Mérida, in the Yucatan province of Mexico. Click here to read Drug War Chronicle's interview with Obregon.

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