The Colombian army on Friday seized four tons of cocaine, allegedly belonging to the country’s largest rebel group FARC, in southwest Colombia.
The approximately four tons of cocaine was seized in the Pacific part of the southwestern Cauca department. Authorities said the clandestine laboratory were the illegal narcotics were found had the capability to house some 70 people. The drugs were to be shipped to Mexico and from there to the United States, the army said.
According to local media, the drug shipment could have been intended for the Mexican Sinaloa cartel, where the Colombian rebels received weapons, ammunition and explosives in exchange for the drug.
The army report said the laboratory served to finance the FARC’s 6th, 8th, 29, 30, 60th Fronts and the Urban Manuel Cepeda Vargas Front, which is largely based in Colombia’s third largest city, Cali.
“This find is considered one of the hardest blows to the FARC’s finances,” said the army.
Cauca is one of Colombia’s most important coca production and drug trafficking regions.