Colombian National Army Seizes Weapons Destined for the FARC

By Dialogo
February 09, 2015



The Colombian National Army recently scored a major victory against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) by seizing an array of high-powered weapons destined for the terrorist group.

In the operation, Soldiers with the Pegaso Task Force confiscated 16 antitank rocket-propelled grenades, a rocket launcher, and 470 grenades from an abandoned truck in the municipality of Aldana in the Department of Nariño, which borders Ecuador, according to General Luis Fernando Rojas, the Task Force Commander.

The weapons were destined for the FARC's 29th Front, which could have used the weapons to attack roads, armored vehicles, Military installations, and aircraft while in flight.

The truck's driver fled the scene before he could be apprehended.

In a separate mission, Soldiers with Pegaso Task Force continued making strides in their counter-narcotics fight, dismantling a laboratory used to process cocaine paste in a village in Policarpa municipality, also in Nariño. Troops confiscated an array of cocaine-making equipment and supplies, including 12 kilograms of sodium nitrate.

The Army did not immediately disclose which narco-trafficking group owned the laboratory or if any suspects were captured during the raid.

In a third mission, in the municipality of Turbo in the Department of Antioquia, Soldiers with the Army's 17th Brigade Infantry Battalion No. 47 dismantled a clandestine laboratory used by the Aurelio Rodríguez Company of the FARC's Fifth Front to process coca paste into cocaine.

Soldiers seized 10 gallons of coca syrup, 250 kilograms of coca leaves -the main ingredient used to make cocaine-, 110 gallons of gasoline, and a gallon of fertilizer, as well as other supplies. The Army did not immediately disclose whether any suspects were captured.

The FARC uses proceeds from drug trafficking to finance its terrorist operations.


The Colombian National Army recently scored a major victory against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) by seizing an array of high-powered weapons destined for the terrorist group.

In the operation, Soldiers with the Pegaso Task Force confiscated 16 antitank rocket-propelled grenades, a rocket launcher, and 470 grenades from an abandoned truck in the municipality of Aldana in the Department of Nariño, which borders Ecuador, according to General Luis Fernando Rojas, the Task Force Commander.

The weapons were destined for the FARC's 29th Front, which could have used the weapons to attack roads, armored vehicles, Military installations, and aircraft while in flight.

The truck's driver fled the scene before he could be apprehended.

In a separate mission, Soldiers with Pegaso Task Force continued making strides in their counter-narcotics fight, dismantling a laboratory used to process cocaine paste in a village in Policarpa municipality, also in Nariño. Troops confiscated an array of cocaine-making equipment and supplies, including 12 kilograms of sodium nitrate.

The Army did not immediately disclose which narco-trafficking group owned the laboratory or if any suspects were captured during the raid.

In a third mission, in the municipality of Turbo in the Department of Antioquia, Soldiers with the Army's 17th Brigade Infantry Battalion No. 47 dismantled a clandestine laboratory used by the Aurelio Rodríguez Company of the FARC's Fifth Front to process coca paste into cocaine.

Soldiers seized 10 gallons of coca syrup, 250 kilograms of coca leaves -the main ingredient used to make cocaine-, 110 gallons of gasoline, and a gallon of fertilizer, as well as other supplies. The Army did not immediately disclose whether any suspects were captured.

The FARC uses proceeds from drug trafficking to finance its terrorist operations.
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