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Colombian government coca verification flight from Tumaco airfield east into the jungle of Nariño. Coca farmers who have been spraying coca plants (on the right) with pesticides, scatter and hide in the jungle's edge as a Colombian army Blackhawk helicopter passes. Using GPS devices, Colombian authorities verify the presence of coca farms deep in the leftist-guerilla FARC-held jungle.
In each area visited extensive coca cultivation was found. This is 'hot' mission needing to fly low for visual verification. On the previous day the helicopter was hit twice by FARC ground-fire.

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Colombian government coca verification flight from Tumaco airfield east into the jungle of Nariño. Coca farmers who have been spraying coca plants (on the right) with pesticides, scatter and hide in the jungle's edge as a Colombian army Blackhawk helicopter passes. Using GPS devices, Colombian authorities verify the presence of coca farms deep in the leftist-guerilla FARC-held jungle.<br />
In each area visited extensive coca cultivation was found. This is 'hot' mission needing to fly low for visual verification. On the previous day the helicopter was hit twice by FARC ground-fire.