Eastday-Colombian army seizes 3.9 tons of cocaine

Source http://english.eastday.com/e/130317/u1a7262757.html

BOGOTA, March 16 -- The Colombian army has seized 3.9 tons of cocaine from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia ( FARC) in the country's southwestern Cauca department, the military said Saturday.

The drugs were stashed in a drug production laboratory located in a rural area of Cauca, it said.

According to a military report, the lab was hidden in a place known as Timbiqui (Cauca), where soldiers of the Special Anti- Narcotics Brigade, in coordination with the Attorney General's Office, "were able to locate this complex which had the capacity to produce more than one ton of cocaine per day."

The lab had a floor space of 500 square meters, enough to accommodate up to 70 people. It was also equipped with a power generator, extractor fans, industrial blenders and seven water pumps.

"Soldiers found 3.9 tons of cocaine, two tons of ground coca leaf, more than half ton of solid chemicals, more than 3,000 gallons of liquid supplies and plenty of material used for cocaine processing," the army report said.

The collection center served as a funding source for FARC segments "who commit crimes in the departments of Valle del Cauca, Cauca and Narino (southwest)," the report said, adding the seizure delivered "one of the most severe blows to the FARC's finances."

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