Colombian President Congratulates Military on Destroying Four Major Cocaine Laboratories
© AP Photo / Fernando VergaraCounter narcotics police carry bags containing cocaine seized in Chinacota, near Colombia's northeastern border with Venezuela (File)
© AP Photo / Fernando Vergara
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Colombian government congratulated the military on locating and destroying four large cocaine laboratories, President Ivan Duque said on Twitter.
"We congratulate the Colombian Military Forces, supported by the Colombian Prosecutor's Office, for locating and destroying four structures used as laboratories for the processing of cocaine hydrochloride," the president said late on Friday.
11 August 2019, 15:00 GMT
Although Colombia has spent decades fighting drug cartels, it remains, as the UN said in its 2021 report, the world's largest coca producer. Drug trafficking in Colombia has increased over the past 50 years as the government has been locked in conflict with multiple guerrilla organisations. ELN, for one, has been accused of links to the drugs trade.