FARC Working with al-Qaeda to Traffic Cocaine to Europe

By Dialogo
December 04, 2014



Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have recently met with representatives of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in the Sahel, the region between the Sahara Desert and Sudan’s savannah, the Spanish daily El Mundo
reported on November 30.

Terrorist groups like al-Qaeda use the cocaine trade to finance their violent activities in the Middle East and northern Africa. They transport drugs originating in South America from West Africa to Algeria, Morocco, and Libya; they also traffic cocaine across the Mediterranean Sea to countries such as Spain, often through the seaports of Barcelona and Valencia, as well as through Madrid’s Barajas Airport.

The narco-jihadists oversee the triangle of land shared by northern Mali and Niger, southern Algeria, Libya and eastern Mauritania. They smuggle large amounts of cocaine into Europe, where there are about four million cocaine users.

Peru and Bolivia cooperate to seize two narco-planes


Bolivia’s Special Force against Drug Trafficking (FELCN) recently seized two small narco-planes and arrested two pilots on drug charges, FELCN Director Mario Centellas said.

The FELCN made the arrests and seizures at two ranches in the northeastern department of Beni, where drug trafficking operatives were allegedly prepared to fill the Cessna 210 aircraft with more than 300 kilograms of cocaine. One of the planes was registered in Brazil, the other in Paraguay.

Bolivian law enforcement officials are investigating where the cocaine came from. About half of the 450 tons of cocaine produced in Peru annually is flown by drug traffickers to Bolivia, before they transport it to Central America, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. The FELCN has confiscated 27 small narco-planes in 2014.

Mexican security forces crack down on oil thieves


Law enforcement authorities in Mexico have more than doubled the number of arrests of oil thieves, according to the Attorney General’s office (PGR).

From January through September, Mexican security forces arrested 1,415 suspected oil thieves, the PGR reported. That’s a 57 percent increase from the total number of arrests law enforcement officials made for oil theft during the same time period in 2013. Most of the suspects were arrested in the states of Jalisco, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Sinaloa, and Nuevo Leon.

Mexican transnational criminal organizations, such as Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, steal large amounts of petroleum from the government-owned oil company PEMEX – typically siphoning the fuel from PEMEX pipelines. Company officials estimate that oil theft will cost 1 billion dollars in 2014. Security forces have documented nearly 9,000 illegal taps of PEMEX pipelines since 2006, according to Mexican daily Excelsior.



Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have recently met with representatives of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in the Sahel, the region between the Sahara Desert and Sudan’s savannah, the Spanish daily El Mundo
reported on November 30.

Terrorist groups like al-Qaeda use the cocaine trade to finance their violent activities in the Middle East and northern Africa. They transport drugs originating in South America from West Africa to Algeria, Morocco, and Libya; they also traffic cocaine across the Mediterranean Sea to countries such as Spain, often through the seaports of Barcelona and Valencia, as well as through Madrid’s Barajas Airport.

The narco-jihadists oversee the triangle of land shared by northern Mali and Niger, southern Algeria, Libya and eastern Mauritania. They smuggle large amounts of cocaine into Europe, where there are about four million cocaine users.

Peru and Bolivia cooperate to seize two narco-planes


Bolivia’s Special Force against Drug Trafficking (FELCN) recently seized two small narco-planes and arrested two pilots on drug charges, FELCN Director Mario Centellas said.

The FELCN made the arrests and seizures at two ranches in the northeastern department of Beni, where drug trafficking operatives were allegedly prepared to fill the Cessna 210 aircraft with more than 300 kilograms of cocaine. One of the planes was registered in Brazil, the other in Paraguay.

Bolivian law enforcement officials are investigating where the cocaine came from. About half of the 450 tons of cocaine produced in Peru annually is flown by drug traffickers to Bolivia, before they transport it to Central America, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. The FELCN has confiscated 27 small narco-planes in 2014.

Mexican security forces crack down on oil thieves


Law enforcement authorities in Mexico have more than doubled the number of arrests of oil thieves, according to the Attorney General’s office (PGR).

From January through September, Mexican security forces arrested 1,415 suspected oil thieves, the PGR reported. That’s a 57 percent increase from the total number of arrests law enforcement officials made for oil theft during the same time period in 2013. Most of the suspects were arrested in the states of Jalisco, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Sinaloa, and Nuevo Leon.

Mexican transnational criminal organizations, such as Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, steal large amounts of petroleum from the government-owned oil company PEMEX – typically siphoning the fuel from PEMEX pipelines. Company officials estimate that oil theft will cost 1 billion dollars in 2014. Security forces have documented nearly 9,000 illegal taps of PEMEX pipelines since 2006, according to Mexican daily Excelsior.

Excellent report. I liked it a lot. Regarding the FARC, I believe their business is in drugs. If the Colombian president believes those who are twisted can go straight, he is mistaken. The guerrilla fighters and narcos never straighten out. It's good that during the peace talks the government demand that the FARC immediately suspend all recruitment of children and adolescents. Terrorist FARC poses as Robin Hood, meanwhile they kill millions in Colombia trying to defend their drug dealing business. They are just a criminal group, shame on them.
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