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Tungsten's Tainted Trail

By Mike Smith - 2013-08-08T15:33:40Z

Photograph by Carlos Villalon/Bloomberg Markets

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Searching for Smugglers

National Police troops patrol the Inirida River, on the lookout for tungsten ore smugglers coming from the FARC’s Tiger Hill mine. Their patrols don't travel more than a few kilometers outside Puerto Inirida, the provincial capital 160 kilometers from the FARC's mine. “We don’t control any territory out there; FARC controls it,” says Coronel Luis Montenegro, the National Police commander in Puerto Iririda.