Peru sends 100 kilos of illegal gold to Bolivia weekly


Illegal gold mining in Peru hasn’t gone anywhere despite major efforts to eliminate it. With “movies”:, petitions and numerous cases pleading against the government for protection, illegal mining has continued to prevail in the region of Madre de Dios.

Almost 100 kilos every week are taken out of the Peruvian jungle by illegal means and transferred to Bolivia, according to Antonio Fernández Jerí, reports “El Comercio”:

Jerí is the high commissioner on issues of formalization of mining and interdiction of illegal mining. He informed that La Rinconada and Desaguadero are two of the main places where gold is sent, but in addition from Madre de Dios and into the Bolivian jungle.

As controls against illegal mining in ports and airport in Peru have become stricter, these routes are now being used at a higher rate.

From Bolivia, the gold travels to the US and Europe.

El Comercio reports that another reason these routes have increased their shipments is the number of policeman that have been deployed from these operations and down to Arequipa to support the Tía María project.



Hillary Ojeda

Hillary moved to Peru in August of 2014 to learn Spanish, live with her family, and pursue writing. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Ca, Hillary earned her B.A. in Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. Since moving to Peru she drinks fermented potato and coca concoctions daily and is enjoying learning about the abundant and natural andean foods of the country. Hillary hopes one day to become an investigative journalist. You can follow her blog.