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Colombia anti-drug police found and destroyed 24 laboratories of cocaine base during a raid in four regions, reported today in Bogota responsible for that force.
The plants had a combined capacity of about 500 kilos of pasta per month, calculated the head of the Anti-Narcotics Division (Diran) of the National Police, General Luis Alberto Perez in an appearance before the press.
The officer said that the labs were found in rural areas of the departments of Antioquia (northwest), Bolivar (north) and Cordoba (north).
Seven of them belonged to The Urabeños, paramilitary band of origin, ten to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the other seven to the guerrillas and the Army of National Liberation (ELN), said Perez.
The police chief said drugs were found in the laboratory more than 3.43 tons of coca leaves and 201 kilos of cocaine base, as well as chemicals used in drug production.
The raid, dubbed Operation 96 Phase VI and carried out with the support of the Colombian Air Force (FAC) and the Attorney General, also included the bombing of a clandestine landing strips in San Benito Abad, a village of the Caribbean department of Sucre
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The Colombian Army has captured a leader of FARC‘s 10th Front, presumed responsible for an attack using improvised explosive device (IED) that left 10 soldiers dead and 13 wounded on Saturday in the Arauca department, on Colombia‘s northern border with Venezuela.
The leader, who was identified only as ‘El Perico’ in an El Espectador article, is allegedly the head of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia‘s (FARC) militias in the area where the bomb exploded. Saturday’s attack occurred less than 24 hours after another guerrilla attack left 10 soldiers dead and six seriously wounded in the western Nariño department, which lies on Colombia’s southern border with Ecuador.
President Santos is facing criticism for a flawed approach to providing security in Colombia as the country prepares to vote in local and regional elections this week. According to Colombia’s Electoral Observation Mission (MOE), this year’s electoral campaign period is the most violent in Colombia’s recent history. At least 41 candidates have been killed and allegations of widespread corruption, fraud and insecurity seriously endanger the possibility of free and fair elections, the MOE says (download XL document with violence data here).
The president travelled to Arauca with his new defence minister and top military leaders to analyse the situation and make any adjustments to security protocols deemed necessary to restore order. President Santos replaced his defence minister and military high command in September and provided additional resources to improve intelligence gathering about the Marxist rebel and criminal groups operating in the country.