Illegal Mining of Tungsten in Colombia

Between 2010 and August 2013, police in Colombia seized 29.7 tons of minerals from Tiger Hill, an illegal mine operated by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The mineral that is mined out of Tiger Hill is tungsten, which is used by global manufactures to produce liquid-crystal-display screens, smartphones and high-end car parts.  85 percent of the world’s supply comes from China.

In a report by Bloomberg Markets, a tungsten broker stated that he paid $3.14 (6,000 Colombian Pesos) to miners for the mineral. The miners reportedly were authorized by FARC soldiers to sell the minerals.

Source:  Michael Smith, “How Colombian FARC Terrorists Mining Tungsten Are Linked to Your BMW Sedan,” Bloomberg Markets, August 7, 2013.