Anti-drug police have destroyed six clandestine landing strips used by drug traffickers in Colombia’s northern department of La Guajira, bordering Venezuela, authorities said Wednesday.
“According to the investigations … in the north of the country, there is evidence that this corridor is a new route used by drug traffickers for movement of hallucinogenic substances to Central America,” said the police report.
The operation was carried out from an anti-narcotics operations base in the coastal city of Santa Marta, from which commandos were dispatched to the Alta Guajira region.
The landing strips were located in Uribia and Manaure, some 1,100 km north of Bogota.
No arrests were made during the operation.
Last week, Colombian army discovered and destroyed two other clandestine landing strips used by drug traffickers in the same region. A government statement said both strips were “used for takeoff and landing of small planes loaded with drugs, the destinations of which were North America and Europe.”