Colombian Army Destroys Massive Cocaine Laboratory Operated by ELN

By Dialogo
May 07, 2015



Task Force Pegasus of the Colombian National Army’s Third Division recently destroyed a massive cocaine laboratory operated by the National Liberation Army (ELN) in the Department of Nariño.

Troops were patrolling a rural area when they found the huge complex, which consisted of nine structures outfitted to produce tons of cocaine hydrochloride.

Soldiers seized a kilo of cocaine, 15 kilograms of coca paste, 125 kilograms of caustic soda, 3,450 gallons of sulfuric acid, 1,125 gallons of fuel, and a generator among an array of supplies and equipment from the facility operated by the ELN’s Comuneros del Sur
Front. The ELN is the country’s second-largest guerrilla group and uses narcotrafficking proceeds to fund its terrorist organization.

The Army didn’t immediately report whether Troops captured any suspects during the operation, which was part of the Sword of Honor III campaign.

Sword of Honor III is a continuation of Sword of Honor, which is a counterinsurgency effort launched by the Colombian Armed Forces in 2012 to confront and defeat illegal groups nationwide. Under the initiative, Soldiers combat terrorist attacks, dismantle landmines, and persuade guerrillas to demobilize and enroll in a government program that provides them with training so they can enter the workforce and rejoin civil society.

The Army is asking residents to use free hotlines 146 and 147 to report any suspicious activity while it continues to combat violence and the trafficking of illicit goods nationwide.


Task Force Pegasus of the Colombian National Army’s Third Division recently destroyed a massive cocaine laboratory operated by the National Liberation Army (ELN) in the Department of Nariño.

Troops were patrolling a rural area when they found the huge complex, which consisted of nine structures outfitted to produce tons of cocaine hydrochloride.

Soldiers seized a kilo of cocaine, 15 kilograms of coca paste, 125 kilograms of caustic soda, 3,450 gallons of sulfuric acid, 1,125 gallons of fuel, and a generator among an array of supplies and equipment from the facility operated by the ELN’s Comuneros del Sur
Front. The ELN is the country’s second-largest guerrilla group and uses narcotrafficking proceeds to fund its terrorist organization.

The Army didn’t immediately report whether Troops captured any suspects during the operation, which was part of the Sword of Honor III campaign.

Sword of Honor III is a continuation of Sword of Honor, which is a counterinsurgency effort launched by the Colombian Armed Forces in 2012 to confront and defeat illegal groups nationwide. Under the initiative, Soldiers combat terrorist attacks, dismantle landmines, and persuade guerrillas to demobilize and enroll in a government program that provides them with training so they can enter the workforce and rejoin civil society.

The Army is asking residents to use free hotlines 146 and 147 to report any suspicious activity while it continues to combat violence and the trafficking of illicit goods nationwide.
Very good news (PERMANENTLY),
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