Colombian soldiers have stolen millions of dollars in rebel drug money they found while searching for a mass grave deep in the country’s southern jungles, the authorities said today. Dozens of soldiers found the money in 10 underground containers last month, Gen. Carlos Ospina, the army chief, said in a radio interview today after first announcing the raid on Monday. The buried money was surrounded by land mines, one of which exploded and injured a soldier, General Ospina said. The area outside the southern city of San Vicente del Caguán was once a safe haven of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a group that earns millions by protecting and “taxing” cocaine production. General Ospina said he did not know how much was stolen by the soldiers, who were from the army’s 50th Counterguerrilla Battalion. But he said it could be millions of dollars. Unconfirmed news reports spoke of about $14 million. Full Story
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