A Colombian intelligence report this Tuesday confirmed the presence in Venezuelan territory of around 1,500 armed men belonging to the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the dissidents of the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
The document to which the newspaper ‘El Tiempo’ had access is 50 pages long and contains maps, fronts, names, numbers and areas of “interference” and illegal activities by these groups.
The spread came after Colombian President Iván Duque repeatedly denounced that there was a link between Nicolás Maduro and Colombian criminal groups “seeking refuge in Venezuela”.
The text suggests that drug trafficking is the source of funding for these groups, and estimates that intelligence found 623 traces of irregular flights that would have taken off tons of cocaine for international markets.
With that in mind, the Colombian Air Force has warned that in the past 20 days the number of illegal drug-related flights from Venezuela has increased by 100 percent.
The secret services have made it clear that the networks concentrate their activities through negotiations with drug cartels in Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico, where they control a number of secret leads.
According to the document, along with a large group of urban militias, the ELN has the largest number of members on the territory, around 1,100, who would participate in extortion. The ELN, according to the report, is using Venezuelan territory as a strategic rearguard. That is, he committed a crime in Colombia and crossed the border to hide and evade the authorities.
For the Colombian organizations, the guerrillas have been “economically coordinated to maintain control over the mobility corridors” for years. On the other hand, the text highlights the ability of these groups to settle in Venezuelan territory and “benefit from the existing economic and social situation”. “They have managed to bring large numbers of citizens of this country into their ranks, to whom they have offered protection and economic resources,” he says.