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Colombian military forces seize 8 tons of cocaineBetween March 5 and 9 the Colombian Military Forces seized a total of 8.1 tons of cocaine, striking a serious blow to narcotrafficking gangs. Through combined interagency operations, authorities intercepted 5.3 tons of drugs in the Gulf of Urabá, 1.6 tons in the port city of Santa Marta, and another 1.2 tons on the border with Ecuador.
According to an article on dialogo-americas.com, the largest shipment was found on March 9th, in the Gulf of Urabá. This north-western Colombian region has large plantations, close to the border with Panama. More than 34,000 hectares are planted with bananas, the main driver of the economy in the region. Illegal armed groups use the area’s geographical location, close to the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, to move cocaine shipments out of the country.
The 5.3 tons of drugs were concealed among boxes of bananas in containers that were going to be shipped to Europe. The vessel was destined for Belgium, and from there, the narcotics would have been distributed across the continent. The cocaine’s street value of this shipment alone could have been as high as $436 million.
Publication date: 4/4/2018
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