Colombian guerillas linked to Mexican cartels?
Mexico's powerful drug cartels are buying cocaine directly from Colombia's main guerilla group, Colombian deputy defense minister Sergio Jaramillo charged Oct. 7 at an OAS anti-crime conference in Mexico City. Jaramillo said that Oliver Solarte, finance chief of the FARC's 48th Front, is the guerilla organization's key contact with the Mexican drug lords. "We are particularly worried about the strengthening connections between Mexican cartels and the FARC," Jaramillo said. "The Mexican cartels are buying directly from the FARC." He declined to provide more details, saying he did not want to compromise intelligence reports. (AP, Oct. 10)