In their ongoing battle with a U.S. government-designated terrorist group, Colombian cops on Monday uncovered and confiscated a large weapons cache as well as high-tech military hardware, according to former narcotics enforcement officer Julio Ramirez, who continues to monitor the international "drug war."
During the arsenal raid, police found two mortars, four machine guns and explosives such as grenades, among other weapons, as part of the operation carried out in the town of Pororio.
Colombia's federal police force proudly displayed the large arsenal they took from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) terrorist group, including such high-tech equipment as night vision goggles and electronic sniper scope.
Chief Humberto Guatibonza of the elite Gaula police unit, told reporters during Monday's press conference that months of intelligence gathering and analysis led to the seizure of the arsenal.
"The arsenal had been sold by the FARC's 26th Front to a group of criminal gangs," said Guatibonza.
He claimed that the arsenal was intended to be used against both law enforcement officials and Colombian civilians.
Last week, Colombia's military killed at least 10 members of FARC, considered the largest narco-terrorist organization in Latin America.
Seven men and three women from the FARC's Teofilo Forero Column lost their lives in the operation, according to Julio Ramirez, now a security director for a multi-national corporation.
The gunfight took place in a rural part of Colombia, where army troops were deployed in order to support the police officers who are fighting against the Marxist rebels.
The Teofilo Forero Column is considered an elite unit of the FARC, and it has arguably proved to be the group's most violent unit.