U.S. Indicts 50 Leaders Of Colombia’s FARC In Coke Case


The U.S. has charged 50 leaders of Colombia’s largest guerrilla group with sending more than $25 billion worth of cocaine around the world to finance terrorism at home, the Associated Press reports. An indictment made public today in Washington, D.C., said the leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, ordered the killings of Colombian farmers who did not cooperate, the kidnapping and deaths of U.S. citizens and the downing of U.S. planes seeking to fumigate coca crops.

FARC supplies more than half the world’s cocaine and 60 percent of the drug that enters that enters the U.S., the indictment said. The group uses proceeds from the cocaine trade to purchase weapons in its four-decade fight to overthrow the Colombian government, the indictment said.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/22/AR2006032200868.html

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