Colombian Armed Forces destroyed laboratory with capacity to process more than four tons of cocaine per month

With this result, the Farc dissidents were prevented from receiving more than $127 million dollars per month.

In the development of joint and coordinated military operations, units of the Colombian Navy, together with the National Army and in coordination with the National Police, managed to locate and subsequently destroy a laboratory for the processing of four tons of cocaine hydrochloride per month, in the department of Putumayo.

Thanks to the information provided by the Anti-Narcotics Directorate of the Colombian Police, an infrastructure was located, apparently belonging to the Residual Organized Armed Group structure 48 called «Comandos de la Frontera», used to process more than 4,000 kilograms of cocaine per month, in the village of San Luis, in the municipality of Puerto Asis – Putumayo.

Inside the infrastructure, materials and supplies were found, including 1 515 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride in solution, 1 763 gallons of liquid supplies, distributed in 382 gallons of ACPM, 60 gallons of hydrochloric acid, 1 321 gallons of acetone and 50 kilograms of solid supplies (sodium hydroxide), a tank used to process the alkaloid known as marciano with a capacity of 5 000 liters, three motor pumps, a handmade oven and five weighing machines.

The alkaloid processed in this laboratory was transported by this Residual Organized Armed Group using the Putumayo and Caquetá rivers as mobility corridors that allow communication with border areas to Brazil, from where alkaloids are trafficked by air or sea to Europe and Africa.

The laboratory and the material found were destroyed in a controlled manner at the scene, preventing more than US$127 million from entering this residual GAO every month.

The Colombian Armed Forces maintain the offensive against the Residual Organized Armed Groups that commit crimes in the southeast of the country, and will intensify joint, coordinated and inter-institutional efforts to continue affecting drug trafficking, the main source of financing for criminals in the region.

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