BOGOTA – A total of 22 cocaine laboratories belonging to the FARC guerrilla group were destroyed in three cities in Guaviare, a province in southern Colombia, the National Police said.
The labs were dismantled during “Operation Republica 81,” which was carried out by National Police drug enforcement agents and the Attorney General’s Office.
The operation targeted “rural infrastructure” belonging to the 1st Front and 7th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group, the National Police said.
Each of the labs, which were located in rural areas outside the cities of San Jose del Guaviare, El Retorno and Miraflores, had the capacity to process around 10 kilos of cocaine base weekly.
Total estimated average monthly cocaine base production from the labs was 880 kilos, officials said.
Drug enforcement agents seized 338 kilos of coca base, 6,800 kilos of coca, chemical precursors and other materials worth some 1.9 billion pesos (about $1.05 million), the National Police said.
A total of 80.8 tons of drugs were seized and 239 labs destroyed during the first quarter of this year, the National Police said in a report released earlier this year.