Attorney General Edwin Meese, in Bolivia on the last stop of a five-nation inspection of U.S. anti-narcotics efforts, held talks with senior government officials before visiting a major coca-growing region in the Andean foothills.

Meese arrived in Santa Cruz, Bolivia's second largest city, from Lima, Peru, Monday afternoon and met later with Interior Minister Juan Carlos Duran.

Tuesday, Meese and Drug Enforcement Administration Director John Lawn were to fly from Santa Cruz, 354 miles southeast of La Paz, to the Chapare, a tropical area in the eastern Andes foothills, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said.

Bolivia is the world's second biggest grower of coca the plant whose leaves are used to make cocaine after neighboring Peru.