Yesterday, Juan Carlos Pinzon, Colombian Defence Minister, confirmed that the income of the guerrilla Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC for its Spanish acronym) comes from drug-traffic, the amount range from 2.400 to 3.500 million dollars per year; he also estimated that its members are around 8,147 rebels.
“Among the 350 tons of cocaine that are produced in Colombia, around 200 are linked to the FARC,” added Pinzon. According to the minister, that drug represents “around 6,000 to 7,000 million dollars”, which for the guerrilla means “about 40 to 50% of that value.”
Pinzon confirmed that those are official numbers which the Colombian government has been working with, since the end of the first semester. He also added that FARC has the lowest number of men and women since 2000 when they reached 20,000 members. AV