Four Coca Processing Labs Destroyed in Colombia
By Dialogo June 24, 2013
Colombian National Navy troops destroyed four labs for processing coca base paste in Putumayo department on June 20.
At the first location, 395 gallons of processed gasoline, 60 gallons of processed coca leaves, three gallons of battery acid, 25 kilos of concrete, one kilogram of sodium hydroxide and one kilogram of calcium oxide were found in La Rosa area, municipality of Puerto Asís.
Three more labs were discovered in the same area, where 859 gallons of processed gasoline, 60 gallons of processed coca, 115 kilos of coca leaves, two gallons of sulfuric acid, six gallons of battery acid and 10 kilos of calcium oxide were in storage.
In total, 1,385 gallons of liquid materials and 152 kilos of solids were found and destroyed. The National Navy also found in the same location two improvised explosive devices made of pentonite and 16 feet of detonating cord.
The National Navy will continue to be present in the Colombian Amazonia, with the aim of destroying structures used for processing coca and attacking the funding of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s 48 Front.