Secretary of State in Possession of Coca Leaves

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Coca leaves were given to Secretary Rice as part of a gift by the president of Bolivia, during Rice’s visit to that country in March.  The leaves were embedded in a guitar that President Evo Morales gave Rice, an Andean guitar with a coca-leaf inlay.

Officially, the United States government frowns on the receipt of material from which illicit drugs can be made.

According to the report, it was "unclear whether [Rice] immediately realized what adorned" the guitar.  She told Morales, "I’m a musician, you know," and strummed the instrument happily.

Senior State Department officials said they would check customs rules to see whether the coca guitar could be brought back to the US.

Reuters via My Way News