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Colombia makes largest cocaine bust in history, netting over 13 tons

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BOGOTA – Colombia’s largest ever single seizure of cocaine amounts to 13.4 tons, the Defence Ministry said Thursday.

President Juan Manuel Santos had on Wednesday given the amount as 12 tons, which he said would sell for 360 million dollars on the US market.

A new count had raised the amount to 13.4 tons, according to the ministry.

Nearly 400 anti-drug police participated in an air and land raid on four estates in the region of Uraba in the north-western department of Antioquia.

The drug was discovered in underground caches.

Police detained four people and were searching for Dairo Usuga, alias Otoniel, regarded as the head of the Gulf Clan criminal ring, which was believed to have stored the drug.

The operation raised to 363 tons the amount of cocaine seized in Colombia so far this year, up from 317 tons at the same time in 2016.

The South American country is the world’s largest producer of the drug.

 

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