Peruvian Military and National Police Seize Large Amount of Cocaine

By Dialogo
January 21, 2015



A Peruvian Special Forces battalion comprised of Military personnel and National Police officers captured four suspects in connection with the seizure of 420 kilograms of cocaine in the Ayacucho region on January 16.

The operation occurred in the village of Santa Rosa in the district of Llochegua, located in the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM), which is the world’s top region for cultivating coca, the main ingredient used to produce cocaine. There, Special Forces seized 14 sacks filled with cocaine and took the drugs to a Military base in Pichari in the Province of La Convención. During the raid, the Soldiers and police officers also seized several weapons, including a submachine gun and communications equipment. Military authorities did not immediately identify the suspects or say what countries they are from.

The Military and National Police are combating the remnants of the Shining Path in the VRAEM, where the terrorist organization has partnered with narco-traffickers and illegal growers of coca to use drug trafficking revenues to funds its terrorist operations.

Peruvian security forces have maintained a record of success over the past several years in their efforts against drug trafficking. In 2014, Peruvian law enforcement destroyed a national yearlyrecord of 30,349 hectares of coca crops, topping its goal of 30,000 hectares. That achievement prevented 233,000 kilograms of cocaine from reaching the streets, according to Interior Minister Daniel Urresti. The previous year, law enforcement and security forces eradicated a then-record 24,000 hectares of coca after destroying 14,234 hectares in 2012.


A Peruvian Special Forces battalion comprised of Military personnel and National Police officers captured four suspects in connection with the seizure of 420 kilograms of cocaine in the Ayacucho region on January 16.

The operation occurred in the village of Santa Rosa in the district of Llochegua, located in the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM), which is the world’s top region for cultivating coca, the main ingredient used to produce cocaine. There, Special Forces seized 14 sacks filled with cocaine and took the drugs to a Military base in Pichari in the Province of La Convención. During the raid, the Soldiers and police officers also seized several weapons, including a submachine gun and communications equipment. Military authorities did not immediately identify the suspects or say what countries they are from.

The Military and National Police are combating the remnants of the Shining Path in the VRAEM, where the terrorist organization has partnered with narco-traffickers and illegal growers of coca to use drug trafficking revenues to funds its terrorist operations.

Peruvian security forces have maintained a record of success over the past several years in their efforts against drug trafficking. In 2014, Peruvian law enforcement destroyed a national yearlyrecord of 30,349 hectares of coca crops, topping its goal of 30,000 hectares. That achievement prevented 233,000 kilograms of cocaine from reaching the streets, according to Interior Minister Daniel Urresti. The previous year, law enforcement and security forces eradicated a then-record 24,000 hectares of coca after destroying 14,234 hectares in 2012.
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