May 3, 2001 |
From this island of bars and brothels gripped by dark green jungle, you can see the nightmare rising in Colombia. Here, in a remote corner of the rain forest, the army has broken up what was once a cocaine paradise. There were no cops, no military, no government. The drug labs ran day and night. Coke was currency, with a gram buying a cold beer flown in from faraway Bogota. It was a world where everything was controlled by one organization--the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
November 30, 2000 |
A mayor here in Colombia's major coca-growing province was killed Wednesday, authorities said, as a Marxist rebel protest against U.S.-backed drug crop eradication entered its third month. Two men on a motorcycle--a common assassination team in Colombia--killed Carlos Julio Rosas, the authorities said. Rosas was the mayor of Orito, a town in the southern province of Putumayo, which is under siege by insurgents opposed to the fumigation of coca fields.
November 10, 2000 |
They should have been friendlier to the neighbors. The three foreigners first raised suspicions in the Andean mountain village of Facatativa because they never smiled or waved. Then people noticed that they always had food delivered and seldom emerged from the warehouse where they worked. Finally, someone called the police. Officers, shocked by what they discovered when they entered the warehouse during a predawn raid Sept. 7, made two phone calls: one to the U.S.
September 27, 2000 |
For the first time since the United States stepped up drug interdiction efforts on the high seas, the Navy and Coast Guard have succeeded in seizing one of the supply ships that play a crucial role in helping drug-laden speedboats make the long voyage from Colombia to Mexico, officials said Tuesday. Military and law enforcement officials lauded the seizure of the leaky, rusting fishing trawler Gran Tauro as a major victory in the fight to close off the eastern Pacific route to drug-runners.
September 8, 2000 |
They have smuggled cocaine in high-speed boats, low-flying planes and even in the centers of lollipops. But on Thursday, Colombia's audacious drug traffickers astounded even the country's seasoned police. A narco-submarine was discovered in a mountain workshop just 18 miles west of Bogota, Colombia's capital, police announced. Aided by intelligence from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, stunned Colombian police found Russian-language manuals along with the partly constructed submarine.
August 31, 2000 |
President Clinton swooped into this troubled country Wednesday to showcase American determination to face down leftist rebels and drug traffickers. But he pledged that aiding Colombia will not embroil the U.S. in a military escalation echoing the Vietnam War. "I reject the idea that we must choose between supporting peace and fighting drugs. We can do both; indeed, to succeed, we must do both," Clinton said at a ceremony to tout $1.3 billion in U.S.