May 11, 2020 (Google Translation) – Two laboratories for the processing of illicit substances were destroyed on the Pacific coast, by troops of the Colombian Navy attached to the Pacific Naval Force, who maintain a strong offensive in this area of the country, against the Organized Armed Groups.
The discovery and subsequent destruction in a controlled manner was carried out in parallel during two operations. The first operation was carried out jointly between Troops of the Marine Infantry Fluvial Battalion No.24, attached to the Marine Infantry Brigade No.2 and the National Army, in the sector known as El Guachal in the San Juan Coast, department del Chocó. There the location of a laboratory for the processing of coca base paste was achieved, with about 50 gallons of gasoline, 80 gallons of coca base paste and 50 kilograms of solid inputs, including urea, used for the illicit processing of narcotic drugs. . According to what could be established, this laboratory belonged to the “Ernesto Che Guevara” Front of the Organized Armed Group ELN.
The second laboratory was found in the San Pedro ravine, general area of the Naya river in Buenaventura – Valle del Cauca, during the development of a territorial registration and control operation, where troops from the Marine Infantry River Battalion No.24, located an illegal infrastructure of the Residual Organized Armed Group E-30, in which coca base paste was processed. In the middle of the operation, 492 gallons of liquid supplies and 50 kilograms of solid supplies were also seized, including gasoline, cement, chopped coca leaf and lime.
The laboratories and the material were destroyed according to the established procedures. With the destruction of these structures, which become the first phase for the production of cocaine hydrochloride, large sums of money were prevented from entering, as a result of the commercialization of the alkaloid in the international illegal market.
So far this year, the Pacific Naval Force has managed to find and destroy 18 laboratories in this area of the country.
The Colombian Navy will continue to develop offensive operations to combat the drug trafficking chain in the Colombian Pacific, for which the community is invited to report any criminal act on toll-free lines 146 and 147, which allows the location and destruction of sites destined for drug processing.