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Increased preesence of Mexican cartels a threat to Colombia: Attorney General

March 21, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Increased preesence of Mexican cartels a threat to Colombia: Attorney General

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The increasing presence of Mexican cartels in Colombia and their alliances with local criminal groups are a threat to the Andean country’s national security, the Colombian attorney general said.

Colombian officials have long fought with the presence of foreign cartels like Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, which purchase Colombian cocaine from local groups and transport it north to the U.S. and Europe.

“It has been identified by the attorney general’s office, and we’ve informed the national government, of a growing presence of Mexican cartels,” attorney general Nestor Humberto Martinez said on Thursday. “They are a threat to national security.”

Colombia, one of the globe’s leading cocaine producers, can produce roughly 910 tons annually. Last year, authorities seized a record 435 tons.

The Sinaloa Federation Cartel is aligned with a 300-member group of dissident former members of the FARC guerrillas, who disbanded last year under a peace agreement with the government, Reuters reports.

The dissidents are working near the country’s border with Ecuador, a popular area for cocaine output, and the government has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of their leader.

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