Jan. 25 - Colombian anti-narcotic agents deal severe blow to drug traffickers after finding and destroying dozens of makeshift drug labs deep in the jungle. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
On patrol in Colombia. Colombian authorities head into Puerto Concordia in their hunt for illicit drugs. They land in the jungle. On the ground they head deep into the terrain. The billions of dollars a year in cocaine money has been one of the main reasons why Colombia's war has continued for nearly five decades. Its political system has also been rocked by scandals of collusion between officials and gangs. They encounter a series of drug labs. Officials say the labs were run by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC, which use the narcotics trade to finance the Marxist rebel group, Latin America's oldest insurgency. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) GENERAL LUIS PEREZ, DIRECTOR OF ANTI-NARCOTICS, SAYING: "We have managed to destroy 17 laboratories used to process cocaine. We have also seized 13 tons of ingredients used in the processing of cocaine. We have also disabled 22 boats and four airplanes and arrested 10 people." The operation, which was launched Saturday, led to the destruction of the drug lab. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters