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The head of Colombia's Anti-Narcotics Police claims drug traffickers are importing coca base from Peru and Bolivia to be shipped out of Colombia, pointing to a possible move back to the drug trafficking dynamics of the original cocaine boom years.
The proportion of drugs trafficked through the Caribbean has more than tripled in the space of five years, according to US officials, adding weight to the persistent warnings that traffickers are seeking new routes as a result of security forces pressure in Central America and Mexico.
Police in Colombia have arrested an operative from Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel who was attempting to buy cocaine laboratories from Colombia’s FARC rebels, in another sign the cartel is extending its reach further down the drug supply chain.
More details have emerged on the transport and seizure of a record seven tons of cocaine at the Colombian port of Cartagena, revealing that the shipment, bound for Europe, also involved Mexican cartels.
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has ordered the demolition of numerous buildings used as drug sales points, a strategy that seems to have little practical value and will almost certainly do little more than push micro-traffickers to move to a new nearby location.
Authorities in Colombia have seized a record seven ton shipment of cocaine destined for the Netherlands in the northern Caribbean port of Cartagena, a haul likely linked to the Urabeños, who are feeding the European market.
The government in Colombia is to strengthen customs controls on its borders in an attempt to tackle widespread contraband smuggling after identifying at least 88 routes through which contraband is moves into the country.
Colombia's most powerful criminal syndicate, the Urabeños, is moving in on the lucrative emerald business, looking to take control of the gem trade and the money laundering potential of this under-regulated industry.
In a speech to the US House of Representatives, Douglas Farah of the International Assessment and Strategy Center (IASC) discusses the FARC's alliances with foreign terrorist groups; the facilitation of the group's activities by government heads in countries including Venezuela, Ecuador and Nicaragua; and explains why the group remains a significant threat.
Deep in the Amazon, where Colombia, Brazil and Peru meet, the once crime saturated Colombian city of Leticia enjoys relative tranquility, while Brazilian neighbor Tabatinga is rocked by drug trade violence.