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Colombian Authorities Charge 147 Soldiers with Stealing Rebel Money

Colombian authorities charged 147 soldiers with stealing money they found from a rebel hideout, the president’s office announced. Officials arrested 40 soldiers, including three officers, and arrest warrants have been issued for another 107 soldiers, the presidency said on Monday. According to the presidency statement: the soldiers, all members of the army’s Company D, 50th Counterguerrilla Battalion, found a stash of cash when they raided a hideout of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, on April 18. The hideout in Caqueta state was apparently used by the FARC’s high command. The find was never reported to higher commanders. Authorities are unsure exactly how much money Company D found and shared. Caqueta state is a prime producer of coca, the main ingredient of cocaine. The rebels earn millions of dollars by protecting cocaine production in Colombia. Full Story

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