Colombia destroys 100 illegal cocaine labs

Agence France-Presse
Colombia destroys 100 illegal cocaine labs
The military arrests 3 people and seizes 1,745 kilos of cocaine along with other material

BOGOTA, Colombia – Colombia authorities have destroyed more than 100 illegal cocaine laboratories in the jungle that they say were generating funds for armed rebels.

The military said in a statement on Tuesday, August 2, that security forces in a 5-day operation “destroyed 104 laboratories for processing cocaine paste.”

They arrested 3 people and seized 1,745 kilos of cocaine along with other material.

“This dealt a hard blow to the financing of Fronts 1 and 7 of the FARC” leftist rebels, it said.

Police said in a separate statement that 25 tons of cocaine were being produced every 3 months in the area of the raids and exported to Europe, Asia and the United States.

The government in June signed a landmark ceasefire agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The deal includes measures to fight drug-trafficking.

The sides hope the ceasefire will soon lead to a full peace deal to end their half-century territorial conflict.

The United Nations has sent envoys to oversee the ceasefire and disarmament agreement.

The head of the UN mission in Colombia Jean Arnault told a news conference on Tuesday that its delegates would in the coming weeks visit zones where FARC forces are to gather for the demobilization process. – Rappler.com

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