Brazilian law enforcement busts FARC-linked drug operation

BRASÍLIA, Brazil – Brazilian law enforcement officials in the Amazon city of Manaus have apprehended eight men in connection with trafficking drugs along jungle rivers to generate money for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), according to media reports. One of the men taken into custody was José Samuel Sánchez, who police suspect is a member of the terrorist group’s finance and logistics committee, according to several media reports. “The committee had direct contact with the FARC to obtain drugs, and in exchange it received logistical support and arms to transport large shipments on the rivers of the Amazon,” police detective Sergio Fontes is quoted as saying to the online edition of Folha de São Paulo newspaper. Police seized 45 kilograms (100 pounds) of cocaine while dismantling a camp near the Colombian border, according to Folha de São Paulo. [Reuters (Brazil), 08/05/2010; AFP (Brazil), 08/05/2010]

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