Authorities Seize 25 Kilos of Marijuana from Colombian Soldiers
By Dialogo December 17, 2012
Colombian authorities seized a total of 25 kilos of marijuana from soldiers that arrived in Tolemaida (central Colombia) at a military fort for a break, the Army said in a statement on December 13.
According to the communiqué, intelligence reports indicated that military service members from Mobile Brigade 17, which arrived in Tolemaida on December 12 coming from the Cauca department (southeast), “were apparently carrying hallucinogens.”
A verification procedure led authorities to seize “25 kilos of marijuana in several packages,” added the report.
According to the Colombian Army, Military Commands were ordered to move forward with “investigations, to determine the responsible parties of this embarrassing situation, and then penalize them accordingly.”
Cauca, a region with mainly indigenous population, is one of the most troubled areas in the Andean country, with a significant FARC presence and extensive coca and poppy crops (raw material for the development of cocaine and heroin), as well as marijuana.