Argentine Army Makes Large Drug Seizure

Argentine Army Soldiers were surprised to find more than 2,000 bales of marijuana wrapped in plastic bags on January 11, shortly after entering a cattle field in the town of Misión Tacaaglé in the Province of Formosa.
Jonathan Gallo | 15 January 2015

Argentine Army Soldiers were surprised to find more than 2,000 bales of marijuana wrapped in plastic bags on January 11, shortly after entering a cattle field in the town of Misión Tacaaglé in the Province of Formosa.

Soldiers were carrying out their normal patrols when they spotted bags filled with marijuana – about 2,600 in all, weighing about 1,500 kilograms. Three loaves were tagged with the letters “EPP,” which stands for the Paraguayan People’s Army, a terrorist group which engages in drug trafficking to finance violent attacks.

The tags indicate the EPP may have transported the drugs into neighboring Argentina. Misión Tacaaglé is near the Paraguayan border, and narco-traffickers sometimes use drug trafficking routes in sparsely populated areas. The EPP and other groups transport drugs across the Pilcomayo River into Argentina.

The Army did not make any immediate arrests. The Military has launched an investigation to determine who owned the marijuana and whether it was trafficked into Argentina, according to Luis Benitez, a federal prosecutor.

The owner of the 260-hectare field, whose name wasn’t made public, doesn’t reside on the property, according to the Army.

The FARC is lying: Colombian National Army

The Colombian National Army on January 14 disputed a claim made by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that the terrorist group killed eight Soldiers during a gun battle during the weekend of January 10-11 in the Department of Meta.

General Luis Fernando Navarro, who leads Task Force Omega, said the FARC, which engages in drug trafficking to finance its terrorist activities, is releasing false information to distract the Army from pursuing the terrorist group in the department.

Meanwhile, Troops from the Army’s Mobile Brigade No. 26 on January 14 destroyed two FARC camps in the municipality of Montañita, Department of Caquetá, as part of Operation Sword of Honor III. Military officials suspected the FARC’s 15th José Ignacio Mora Front were using the camps. Soldiers disarmed an explosive devise at one of the sites.

The Army’s dismantling of the camps occurred three days after it teamed with the Colombian Navy, Air Force and police officers to capture the alleged leader of the FARC’s Fifth Company of the Jacobo Arenas Column.

The suspect, who has only been identified by his alias of “Oscar,” was caught in possession of “war materials” in the department of Cauca, according to the Ministry of Defense.

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