General Socha

General Gustavo Socha, director of the anti-narcotics police, was quoted by the service monitoring the BBC in mid-March 2002, stating: in this area from Vistahermosa, Mesetas and San Vicente and all the ex zone of distention in general, and not a single coca sheet was transferred without the approval of the guerrillas. What really caught our attention was the fact that the increase in the amount of seeding Earth occurred relatively near the municipalities that had very strict control. Therefore, they are showing that what is said always in relation to the increase in production and on the participation of the Farc in the business is true. The aerial reconnaissance located a few 30 runways in the demilitarized zone. General Socha said that the guerrillas had prepared runways to accommodate different types of aircraft. We now know that the plane was carrying chemicals, weapons and money here landed and took off with cocaine shipments.

If, as we believe the Farc crops harvested in the past two years, it would not be crazy to think that around 80 tons of the alkaloid were processed in this region, told him to change General Socha. In October 2001, six Colombian governmental entities that are part of the integrated system for monitoring illicit crops (SIMCI) received a full report, according to which areas planted in illicit crops have increased in the DMZ. 149 Maps drawn up on the basis of information provided by surveys of television by satellite and photographs taken from special planes left no doubt that the coca crops in an area 16. 000 hectares. This information showed that 12 per cent of all illicit crops reported by satellites are inside the demilitarized zone, according to official figures published in October 2001, 12 percent is equivalent to 144. 600 hectares. The satellite signals also showed that in the South of the Caqueta, on the outskirts of the area and close to the towns of Remolinos del Caguan and Cartagena del Chaira, another 7.

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