Paraguayan Army to Burn Large Amount of Seized Marijuana

By Dialogo
January 28, 2015



The Paraguayan Army is scheduled to burn 12 tons of marijuana on January 29 at its First Army Corps headquarters near the city of Curuguaty in the Department of Canindeyú.

Troops seized the marijuana during six operations in 2013 and 11 in 2014. During one of the missions, Soldiers seized 3,000 kilograms they found in the basement of a residence in Curuguaty on September 16, 2014.

The action will mark the first incineration of marijuana at the premise since Troops destroyed 4,170 kilograms of the substance on November 4, 2013. Canindeyú, which is one of the country's biggest hot spots for marijuana plantations, is near the Brazilian border.

Drug traffickers in Paraguay cultivated about 30,000 tons of marijuana in 2014, making it one of the world's largest producers of marijuana, according to the United Nations.

Colombian National Army destroys seven cocaine laboratories


The Colombian National Army continued its offensive against narco-trafficking nationwide by destroying seven cocaine laboratories in the departments of Cauca, Norte de Santander, and Antioquia, the Army said in a statement on January 25.

Soldiers with the Apolo Task Force found four of the laboratories in the municipalities of Suarez, Páez and El Tambo in Cauca, where they collectively seized 353 gallons of processed coca paste - the main ingredient used to make cocaine - 277 kilograms of cocaine leaves, 12 kilograms of caustic soda and 10 kilograms of ammonium sulfate, among other supplies and equipment.

Troops with the Army Second Division dismantled a cocaine laboratory in the municipality of Tibú in Norte de Santander, where they destroyed 220 gallons of coca base, 200 kilograms of chopped coca leaves and 468 gallons of gasoline.

The final two cocaine laboratories were discovered by the Joint Task Force Nudo de Paramillo in the towns of Mutatá and Ituango in Antioquia. They collectively housed 356 kilograms of coca leaves, 55 gallons of coca base and 150 kilograms of cement, among other supplies and equipment.

Honduran security force FUSINA fights drug trafficking


Troops with National Interagency Security Force (FUSINA), an elite Honduran security force comprised of Army Soldiers and National Police agents, recently demolished large patches of land that narco-traffickers in the Department of Santa Bárbara used as drug trafficking routes.

Members of the First Battalion of Engineers used bulldozers and explosives to open craters in Nueva Frontera, Cerro El Aguacate and Mirasoles.

Narco-traffickers had been using the terrain in these remote areas to transport drugs into neighboring Guatemala. Thanks to the work of the Military Engineers, the land is now studded with large craters.

In 2014, FUSINA Troops carried out similar operations against narco-traffickers in Gracias a Dios, Olanchito and Atlántida, in addition to seizing 11,681 kilograms of cocaine.

The operation was part of Operation Morazán, a FUSINA initiative to prevent the trafficking of narcotics, humans, and stolen goods.


The Paraguayan Army is scheduled to burn 12 tons of marijuana on January 29 at its First Army Corps headquarters near the city of Curuguaty in the Department of Canindeyú.

Troops seized the marijuana during six operations in 2013 and 11 in 2014. During one of the missions, Soldiers seized 3,000 kilograms they found in the basement of a residence in Curuguaty on September 16, 2014.

The action will mark the first incineration of marijuana at the premise since Troops destroyed 4,170 kilograms of the substance on November 4, 2013. Canindeyú, which is one of the country's biggest hot spots for marijuana plantations, is near the Brazilian border.

Drug traffickers in Paraguay cultivated about 30,000 tons of marijuana in 2014, making it one of the world's largest producers of marijuana, according to the United Nations.

Colombian National Army destroys seven cocaine laboratories


The Colombian National Army continued its offensive against narco-trafficking nationwide by destroying seven cocaine laboratories in the departments of Cauca, Norte de Santander, and Antioquia, the Army said in a statement on January 25.

Soldiers with the Apolo Task Force found four of the laboratories in the municipalities of Suarez, Páez and El Tambo in Cauca, where they collectively seized 353 gallons of processed coca paste - the main ingredient used to make cocaine - 277 kilograms of cocaine leaves, 12 kilograms of caustic soda and 10 kilograms of ammonium sulfate, among other supplies and equipment.

Troops with the Army Second Division dismantled a cocaine laboratory in the municipality of Tibú in Norte de Santander, where they destroyed 220 gallons of coca base, 200 kilograms of chopped coca leaves and 468 gallons of gasoline.

The final two cocaine laboratories were discovered by the Joint Task Force Nudo de Paramillo in the towns of Mutatá and Ituango in Antioquia. They collectively housed 356 kilograms of coca leaves, 55 gallons of coca base and 150 kilograms of cement, among other supplies and equipment.

Honduran security force FUSINA fights drug trafficking


Troops with National Interagency Security Force (FUSINA), an elite Honduran security force comprised of Army Soldiers and National Police agents, recently demolished large patches of land that narco-traffickers in the Department of Santa Bárbara used as drug trafficking routes.

Members of the First Battalion of Engineers used bulldozers and explosives to open craters in Nueva Frontera, Cerro El Aguacate and Mirasoles.

Narco-traffickers had been using the terrain in these remote areas to transport drugs into neighboring Guatemala. Thanks to the work of the Military Engineers, the land is now studded with large craters.

In 2014, FUSINA Troops carried out similar operations against narco-traffickers in Gracias a Dios, Olanchito and Atlántida, in addition to seizing 11,681 kilograms of cocaine.

The operation was part of Operation Morazán, a FUSINA initiative to prevent the trafficking of narcotics, humans, and stolen goods.
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