Colombia Seizes 1.5 Tons of Cocaine from FARC on Panamanian Border

By Dialogo
August 19, 2013

The Colombian Navy seized 1.5 tons of cocaine at the northeastern border with Panama, that belonged to the FARC guerrillas and was bound for the United States, an official spokesperson reported.

The stash was seized by the Counter Drug Trafficking Special Brigade in the riverine area of Salaquí on the river, Captain Ricardo Hurtado stated.

“According to our sources, the 1,558 kg drug cargo had been negotiated by the FARC’s 57th Front to be smuggled into Mexico through Panama, with the United States as the final destination,” the official stated.

Firearms were confiscated during the operation, although no arrests took place, the report said.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), currently under negotiations with the Colombian government in Cuba, deny any direct involvement with drug trafficking, claiming that they only collect a “tax” in the coca leaf market in their area of influence.