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Brazilian Army, Federal Police, and Amazonas Public Security Join Forces against Trafficking

By Dialogo
February 02, 2015



Brazil's Secretariat of Public Security of the Amazon will perform joint operations with the Army and Federal Police to prevent narcotics from being smuggled into the country from neighboring nations during Carnival, from February 13-17, Security Secretary Delegate Sergio Fontes said.

The security operations will specifically target the northwestern state of Amazonas, which is a hotbed for narco-trafficking given its location on the border with Peru and Colombia.

“We are aware that organized crime is a vector of all crimes, whether large or small, mainly drug trafficking. We are neighbors of the world's cocaine producers...,” Fontes told reporters. “The drug trade is involved in murder and barbaric crimes, and petty crime is also financed by drug trafficking.”

Troops will patrol rivers, while the Amazonas Secretariat of Public Security and Military Command will coordinate the counter-narcotics missions with Military and Civil Police forces in Manaus, the state capital of Amazonas. The operations are expected to start as soon as possible and continue periodically after Carnival ends.

“If we go to one place and don't go back any more, the drug dealer returns quietly,” Fontes said. “We have to make [narco-traffickers] search for other routes.”

Colombian National Army destroys coca plants, FARC cocaine laboratory


The Colombian Army's XXXI Jungle Brigade eradicated 98,000 coca plants and more than 10 hectares of illegal crops in the neighboring Departments of Vaupés and Guaviare during the month of January while the Army's Third Division destroyed two cocaine laboratories in the Department of Nariño.

Troops with the XXXI Jungle Brigade carried out the eradication effort in the municipality of Carurú in Vaupes and in the municipality of Miraflores in Guaviare. It was part of an operation to improve security in the two departments and to decrease the revenue the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) – the country’s largest terrorist group – generates from narco-trafficking.

In a separate operation, Soldiers from the Third Division's Ground Combat No. 138 dismantled a cocaine laboratory owned by the FARC’s Daniel Aldana Column in the town of Tumaco. Troops destroyed 1,320 gallons of unprocessed coca leaves, 550 kilograms of processed coca leaves and 24 plastic containers, among other supplies.

In another operation, which also occurred on January 28, Troops from Ground Combat Battalion No. 114 decimated a cocaine laboratory that belonged to an unknown gang of criminals in the municipality of Barbacoas. Soldiers seized 25 gallons of processed coca base and 25 gallons of diesel fuel, as well as other supplies and equipment.


Brazil's Secretariat of Public Security of the Amazon will perform joint operations with the Army and Federal Police to prevent narcotics from being smuggled into the country from neighboring nations during Carnival, from February 13-17, Security Secretary Delegate Sergio Fontes said.

The security operations will specifically target the northwestern state of Amazonas, which is a hotbed for narco-trafficking given its location on the border with Peru and Colombia.

“We are aware that organized crime is a vector of all crimes, whether large or small, mainly drug trafficking. We are neighbors of the world's cocaine producers...,” Fontes told reporters. “The drug trade is involved in murder and barbaric crimes, and petty crime is also financed by drug trafficking.”

Troops will patrol rivers, while the Amazonas Secretariat of Public Security and Military Command will coordinate the counter-narcotics missions with Military and Civil Police forces in Manaus, the state capital of Amazonas. The operations are expected to start as soon as possible and continue periodically after Carnival ends.

“If we go to one place and don't go back any more, the drug dealer returns quietly,” Fontes said. “We have to make [narco-traffickers] search for other routes.”

Colombian National Army destroys coca plants, FARC cocaine laboratory


The Colombian Army's XXXI Jungle Brigade eradicated 98,000 coca plants and more than 10 hectares of illegal crops in the neighboring Departments of Vaupés and Guaviare during the month of January while the Army's Third Division destroyed two cocaine laboratories in the Department of Nariño.

Troops with the XXXI Jungle Brigade carried out the eradication effort in the municipality of Carurú in Vaupes and in the municipality of Miraflores in Guaviare. It was part of an operation to improve security in the two departments and to decrease the revenue the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) – the country’s largest terrorist group – generates from narco-trafficking.

In a separate operation, Soldiers from the Third Division's Ground Combat No. 138 dismantled a cocaine laboratory owned by the FARC’s Daniel Aldana Column in the town of Tumaco. Troops destroyed 1,320 gallons of unprocessed coca leaves, 550 kilograms of processed coca leaves and 24 plastic containers, among other supplies.

In another operation, which also occurred on January 28, Troops from Ground Combat Battalion No. 114 decimated a cocaine laboratory that belonged to an unknown gang of criminals in the municipality of Barbacoas. Soldiers seized 25 gallons of processed coca base and 25 gallons of diesel fuel, as well as other supplies and equipment.
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