Coca Plantation, Cocaine Lab Discovered in Amazon

The Brazilian Army has discovered the first known coca plantation in Brazil’s Amazon, along with a fully equipped laboratory to manufacture cocaine.

The discovery was made using helicopters and small boats to reach plantations and the lab near the the northwestern city of Tabatinga, close to the border with cocaine producing nations Peru and Colombia, army Lt Col Antonio Elcio Franco Filho said.

The discovery has prompted a search for similar fields in the region.

Experts believe it could mean a  change in the geostrategy of some Colombian cartels, even though the climate in the Amazon was not believed to favour coca plantations. Well it sure didn’t stop them!.

The coca-leaf – the key ingredients in cocaine – is usually grown in the mountainous regions of Andrean countries.

{ Adapted from International Press Reports}

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