Colombia Deploys 14,000 Solders to Venezuela Border to Combat Drug Trafficking

Colombian President Ivan Duque deployed a new military unit called CENOR on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 composed of 14,000 troops in an attempt to control narcotics trafficking near and along the country’s border with Venezuelan.

President Duque said that the new unit will be tasked with eliminating drug trafficking, terrorism, and organized criminal activity. 

Duque congratulated Brigadier General Fabio Caro Cancelado, who will be commandeering the troops. The president said that Cancelado has been an outstanding image through his training and military career, and that he had the president’s confidence and enough discipline to obstruct conflict.

CENOR will liaise with police forces to implement territorial management and offensive and comprehensive action to neutralize the Organized Armed Groups (GAO) and other unreliable tactics in Norte de Santander. 

Norte de Santander is one of the most violent regions where notorious crimes are committed. CENOR is the largest military group in the country’s history.

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