The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Monday said it was unaware of the capture of two Colombians in Algeria, who were reportedly operating a drugs-for-guns scheme between rebel group FARC and al-Qaida-linked militias.
“DEA cannot confirm the accuracy of this story. We have not heard of these specific arrests in March,” said a spokesperson for the DEA’s department of public affairs in an email.
Should the report prove to be true, it would be the first recorded collaboration between terrorist organization al-Qaida and the FARC rebel group.
- Email communication with DEA spokesperson
- Las FARC y grupos vinculados con Al Qaeda intercambian cocaína por armas (Cadena SER)
- Las FARC y grupos vinculados con Al Qaeda intercambian cocaína por armas (El Pais)