I know this is old and you guys probably have heard it. They mentiomed it in Chapo's trial. For the people who like seeing how the cartels really work I think you will like it. I just found it and it'sgreat.
Listened to the YouTube wire-taps. On in particular, Chapo with a Farc, following:
Cleaning up today. Ran across old photo albums. In Equador some time ago, I land in Guayaquil and am pulled off the plane. The baggage is unloaded, and dogs come out on the tarmac to smell all the baggage, assume it's drug dogs. But wait, I just flew in from Miami to Guayaquil on the way to Quito. Why the dogs? Next stop, Quito.
Landing in Quito, at that time, you land as locals wield axes to the crashed airplane between runways, loading onto their small trucks to sell as scrap metal. Assume the crashes were due to the high altitude or bad flying. The valley of the volcanoes, Chimbrazo, Cayocan, etc, making up (7) volcanoes in total. Moving into the Quito airport, many hands reach out to you for need between the posts in the railing. Inside, people on the concourse wearing gold chains. You talk about something opposite of another. Close enough to Medellin and Cali to know where the gold chains come from.
I take a small plane to Coca, the furthermost outpost in eastern Ecuador, next to Columbia. Only the Amazon stretched out before me. Took a boat up the Rio Napo. There is a place to camp. I'm heading to, inside a lagoon adjacent to Rio Nopa, where I jump off and make camp.
Beautiful jungle. Canopy at around 150' in height. I jump off the boat and find the lagoon where I will make camp. Exploring the area day after day, from this lagoon outpost, one day a small dugout arrives in the lagoon. A man in military garb, with an amigo and a couple of whores. They were drunk and had their weapons out. They asked for alcohol, and I gave them the remains of the whiskey. Paddling back out to the river, they shoot into the air.
It comes to me, that I have just witnessed a Farc from Columbia on patrol. Not too much going on out here. Growing, processing and protecting the coca fields. I know then that i was on the fringe, but I was still more interested in the Howler Monkeys, Edward Whymper Mountain Refuge and Ambato. Great place to visit without the FARC, Chapo