Army seizes over 760 kg of cocaine in Colombia

Cali, March 20 (IANS/EFE) Soldiers seized 762 kg of cocaine belonging to the FARC guerrilla group from a rural area outside Ipiales city in Colombia’s Pasto province, but no arrests were made, the army said.

The cocaine was found at a laboratory that had facilities to house about 40 people, the army said in a statement. The laboratory was destroyed as part of the operation.

Soldiers also found 188 kg of cocaine base paste and a large amount of materials used to produce cocaine.

The lab was built by the FARC or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s 48th Front with the assistance of foreign drug cartels, the army said.

Cocaine shipments “leave for the United States and Europe via the Pacific Ocean, utilizing transportation corridors on the border with Ecuador”, Gen. Sergio Alberto Tafur, commander of the task force that seized the drugs, told the media.

–IANS/EFE

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