Authorities reported that anti-narcotics agents discovered a ton of chemical inputs drug cartels used to process cocaine. This, after a raid in the town of Encarnación, which also unveiled a hidden laboratory where the drug was processed.
The region known as Vraem, which includes Valle de Los Rios Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro, is one the largest coca-growing valleys in Perú and the battlefield between the military and armed civilians.
#Ica �� | En el distrito de Palpa, efectivos policiales capturaron a cinco sujetos que, a bordo de dos vehículos, trasladaban 50 sacos de cloruro de calcio que estarían destinados para la producción de droga, en la zona del #VRAEM. #PolicíasEnAcciónpic.twitter.com/THoeYmmgs6
"In the district of Palpa, police officers captured five subjects who, aboard two vehicles, were moving 50 sacks of calcium chloride that would be destined for drug production, in the #VRAEM area."
On Monday, the Ministry of Defense reported that four alleged terrorists died following a confrontation with security forces in the Vraem.
In a joint statement, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Interior explained that the criminals "carried out security activities for drug trafficking to obtain financing and logistical support to expand their support bases in the southern area of Vraem."
Peru is one of the world's largest cocaine producers, alongside Bolivia and Colombia, and the U.S. is its foremost market. The authorities estimate that the cache of drugs had a street value of $10 million.