Bolivian officials say they've found $1 million in a bag tossed from an airplane.

Government Minister Carlos Romero said anti-drug police spotted a man who was signalling to a low-flying plane at a clandestine landing strip. As the plane swooped low, a bag filled with money was tossed out.

Romero said police arrested three people and seized two vehicles, a rifle and an automatic weapon during Sunday's operating in Tigre, a town in Santa Cruz state. The plane was not identified, and escaped. He says the operation foiled plans to create a drug factory.

Bolivian officials defend use of coca as a traditional stimulant, but try to prosecute those who try to turn it into cocaine and trade in it.