According to the office of the public prosecutor, the FARC’s annual revenues are close to $2 billion pesos (US $1,113,443.86 dollars). That sum is nearly double what the government’s defense department received this year from an increased tax.
The vast sum comes from drug trafficking.
The FARC have invested in real estate, hotel chains, and grocery stores in Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, Costa Rica, Panama, Germany, Holland, Denmark, and Sweden. The public prosecutor believes only 30 percent of the FARC’s revenues remain in Colombia.
It is expected that the peace process will result in the FARC using their revenues to pay reparation to all its victims. (In such case — and in all seriousness — Ingrid Betancourt should get her reparation money.)
Apparently, however, the revenues from drug trafficking were not enough for the FARC. Authorities recently dismantled an imprint of fake dollars and Euros in Cali and Bogota.