Leonardo Gallego

210 per hectare for the protection of the poppy fields, 2. 631 dollars each one for the safety of the runways, $10.50 per kilo to protect shipments of cocaine, 20 per cent of the value of the shipment for river transport of chemical precursors, 5. 263 dollars each for the protection of the flights of the international drug control, and $2. 631 each for the protection of national drug flights. Increasingly, without However, it receives payment of the FARC in cocaine. According to Nyholm, the tendency of the FARC to receive payment for cocaine has deepened the Organization’s participation in the drug business.

The huge revenues from the drug trade have enabled the Colombian guerrillas and paramilitary forces to be one of the best funds in the world. In the second half of the 1990s, members of the FARC and the ELN reportedly tripled as a result of income by drugs. Considering that the average income per capita in Colombia in 1995 was 1. $800, the average annual salary was the guerrillas, according to a news bulletin British, $65. 000. Although it seems unlikely that the average annual wage is the guerrillas near $65. 000 anywhere, there is no doubt that the Colombian guerrillas, at least, win double the pay of soldiers. According to Leonardo Gallego, Chief of the anti-drug police in Colombia, the guerrillas can his troops pay the equivalent of $300 to $400 per month, while professional soldiers in the army Colombian making a little more than $200 a month. Drug trafficking and the protection of the guerrillas have become primary source of financial support. The services carried out by the FARC for traffickers, Van de Velde says, include protection, smuggling and violence against Government pay, to earn money to continue its operations.Further explains: the FARC with drug trafficking operations are often coordinated to prevent the application of the local law and international interdiction.