Colombian Navy Combats Illegal Mining in the Putumayo River

March 20, 2020 (Google Translation) – Units of the Colombian Navy, belonging to the Southern Naval Force, seized a large-capacity artisan dredge to extract minerals in waters of the Putumayo River, in the department of Amazonas.

The operation was carried out thanks to the combat intelligence collected by the Units of the Naval Institution that are present in the Colombian Amazon and that allowed to determine that in the township of Puerto Alegría, at the height of the sector known as Supaiposa, alleged crimes against the environment, related to illegal mining.

The Colombian Amazon region has been seriously affected by the illicit exploitation of precious minerals and rare earths, a fact that, due to the use of toxic chemicals for the extraction of minerals, pollutes rivers and harms indigenous communities and thousands of species of flora and fauna endemic to the region.

During the operation there were no captures.

The seized material was made available to the competent authority.

The Colombian Navy ratifies its commitment to the conservation of the ecosystem and will continue developing river registration and control operations on the rivers of the department of Caquetá in order to deny this river area to criminal groups, while inviting the community to denounce criminal organizations at the service of illegal mining.

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