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Cablegate: Counter Drug Brigade Captures Two Hcl Labs In

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS BOGOTA 004820

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

DEPT FOR INL AND WHA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SNAR PTER MOPS CO
SUBJECT: COUNTER DRUG BRIGADE CAPTURES TWO HCL LABS IN
NARINO


1. (SBU) ON APRIL 25 AND 28, THE 2ND BATTALION OF THE PLAN
COLOMBIA SUPPORTED COUNTER DRUG (CD) BRIGADE SHUT DOWN TWO
FARC COCAINE HYDROCHLORIDE (HCL) LABS DURING OPERATION ZEUS
IN SOUTHERN NARINO DEPARTMENT.

2. THE FIRST LAB, NEAR THE MIRA RIVER AND LLORENTE, HAD FOUR
CHEMICAL RECYCLING VATS (MARCIANOS) AND FIFTEEN MICROWAVES
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING FIVE METRIC TONS OF COCAINE HCL PER
MONTH. THE SECOND LAB, NEAR THE GUIZA RIVER AND LA
GUAYACANA, HAD THREE MARCIANOS AND EIGHT MICROWAVES CAPABLE
OF PRODUCING THREE METRIC TONS OF COCAINE HCL A MONTH.

3. INCLEMENT WEATHER HAS PREVENTED THE CD BRIGADE FROM
HITTING A THIRD PROBABLE HCL LAB BELONGING TO THE AUC.

4. (SBU) THE BATTALION WORKED WITH DEA TO ACT ON INFORMATION
OBTAINED THROUGH DEA SOURCES. SO FAR THIS YEAR THE CD
BRIGADE HAS CAPTURED OR DESTROYED SIX COCAINE HCL LABS, OVER
200 BASE LABS AND SEIZED 76 KGS OF COCAINE HCL AND 449 KGS
OF COCAINE BASE.
WOOD

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