Colombia’s Police Seize Arms Shipment Destined for Ecuador

Rifles are seen during a news conference, showing the seizure of weapons, explosives and ammunition, that authorities say belonged to dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in Bogota, Colombia January 16, 2023. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
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BOGOTA, April 24 (Reuters) – Colombia’s national police on Monday confiscated a shipment of guns and ammunition, destined for Ecuador, after stopping a vehicle in the south of the country.

Authorities seized 111 pistols, seven rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition worth more than $22,000 in Colombia’s Putumayo province, which borders Ecuador, police said.

Colombia has seen an increase in arms trafficking in recent years, while a Reuters investigation in 2022 found Mexican cartels pay for cocaine shipments with guns.

Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta and Nelson Bocanegra; Writing by Oliver Griffin; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell
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