Peru Opens the First Military Base to Combat Narcotrafficking in VRAEM

By Dialogo
February 18, 2015



The Peruvian Armed Forces recently inaugurated the Boca Anapati base in the Province of Satipo in the Junín region to bolster the Military’s fight against narcotraffickers in the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) region.

“We have enough Soldiers and officers to achieve territorial control in this area, where narcotrafficking is allied with terrorism,” Defense Minister Peter Cateriano Bellido said during the base’s opening ceremony.

The Boca Anapati base has a heliport, which is important, since drug traffickers transport about 90 percent of all cocaine produced in the VRAEM by plane. It will also house Navy vessels that will patrol nearby waters.

The government plans to build 12 bases this year in the VRAEM, the country’s largest cocaine-producing region encompassing four areas: Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, and Junín.

About half of the cocaine produced illegally in Peru every year – about 450 tons in total - is flown to Bolivia by plane before being routed internationally.

Colombian National Army scores victories against ELN, FARC


Colombian National Army Soldiers dismantled a cocaine-producing laboratory operated by the National Liberation Army (ELN), and in another operation, seized a weapons cache belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Army News Agency announced February 16.

In the Department of Norte de Santander, Soldiers with the Vulcano Task Force seized about 200 gallons of coca syrup, 375 kilograms of chopped coca leaves – the main ingredient used to make cocaine – and 100 gallons of gasoline from a clandestine laboratory. And in the municipality of Rioblanco in the Department of Tolima, Troops with the Ground Combat No. 66 Unit of the Army’s Fifth Division found 300 ammunition cartridges for rifles belonging to the FARC’s Libardo Rojas Company.

The FARC and the ELN are the nation’s largest guerrilla organizations. Both illegal groups engage in narcotrafficking to finance their terrorist activities. The Army did not immediately disclose whether Soldiers captured any suspects during the operations.


The Peruvian Armed Forces recently inaugurated the Boca Anapati base in the Province of Satipo in the Junín region to bolster the Military’s fight against narcotraffickers in the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) region.

“We have enough Soldiers and officers to achieve territorial control in this area, where narcotrafficking is allied with terrorism,” Defense Minister Peter Cateriano Bellido said during the base’s opening ceremony.

The Boca Anapati base has a heliport, which is important, since drug traffickers transport about 90 percent of all cocaine produced in the VRAEM by plane. It will also house Navy vessels that will patrol nearby waters.

The government plans to build 12 bases this year in the VRAEM, the country’s largest cocaine-producing region encompassing four areas: Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, and Junín.

About half of the cocaine produced illegally in Peru every year – about 450 tons in total - is flown to Bolivia by plane before being routed internationally.

Colombian National Army scores victories against ELN, FARC


Colombian National Army Soldiers dismantled a cocaine-producing laboratory operated by the National Liberation Army (ELN), and in another operation, seized a weapons cache belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Army News Agency announced February 16.

In the Department of Norte de Santander, Soldiers with the Vulcano Task Force seized about 200 gallons of coca syrup, 375 kilograms of chopped coca leaves – the main ingredient used to make cocaine – and 100 gallons of gasoline from a clandestine laboratory. And in the municipality of Rioblanco in the Department of Tolima, Troops with the Ground Combat No. 66 Unit of the Army’s Fifth Division found 300 ammunition cartridges for rifles belonging to the FARC’s Libardo Rojas Company.

The FARC and the ELN are the nation’s largest guerrilla organizations. Both illegal groups engage in narcotrafficking to finance their terrorist activities. The Army did not immediately disclose whether Soldiers captured any suspects during the operations.
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