Police in Colombia uncovered five important cocaine processing plants on May 12 and 13 at Amorua in the north west near the border with Venezuela.
1. GV AERIAL VIEW Jungle near border (2 shots) 0.11
2. GV Soldiers moving through jungle 0.16
3. SVs/CUs Captured cocaine on display in jungle hut, large buckets of cocaine, scales, canisters (4 shots) 0.37
4. GVs EXTERIOR Large drums near jungle factory (4 shots) 1.00
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Background: AMORUA, COLOMBIA
Police in Colombia uncovered five important cocaine processing plants on May 12 and 13 at Amorua in the north west near the border with Venezuela. President Belisario Betancur ordered a crack down on the cocaine trade and imposed a state of siege throughout the country after the murder of Justice Minister Rodrigo Lare Bonilla on April 30. Lara Bonilla had led a campaign against Colombia's booming drug trade during his eighteen months in office. Colombia is the world's largest cocaine producer, and local officials have estimated that the country produces 300 million US dollars worth of the drug every month. In this most recent haul the biggest laboratory was found with 14 encampments, a 3,500 metre long airstrip, a hangar, radio station and electric generators. The Amorua laboratory is thought to have been responsible for 10 per cent of the entire Colombian cocaine production. It produced an average of 500 kilograms a day which would have a street price of 45 million US dollars. Colombian security forces made two other large scale cocaine seizures on March 11 and March 20. The March 11 haul was from a jungle factory protected by Communist guerrillas and that time was the world's largest seizure. But that seizure was dwarfed by the March 20 haul in Caqueta Province where soldiers met fierce resistance from the well-armed gang. The anti-drug has been carried on with the support of the Reagan administration as most of the illegal cocaine is smuggled into the United States.
Source: ALVARO HENRIQUEZ