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Colombia Seizes 14 Tons Marijuana

COLOMBIA / 8 JUN 2011 BY JEN SOKATCH EN

Colombia's security forces discovered 14 tons of marijuana, allegedly belonging to the FARC rebel group, in the southwestern department of Cauca.

The shipment, which is estimated to be worth about 35 billion Colombian pesos (almost $20 million) was seized and destroyed in a joint operation by Colombian police, army and air force.

The drugs were seized in the municipality of Toribio. Authorities said they likely belonged to the 6th Front of the rebel group.

Cauca has long been a stronghold for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - FARC), and is an important route for shipping drugs from the center of the country to the Pacific. As InSight has noted, the department has recently been the site of a number of confrontations between the rebel group and the army, and well as between the rebels and rival trafficking organizations like the Rastrojos.

So far this year Colombia's National Police have seized 41 tons of marijuana.

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