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$360 million: Colombian police seize 12t of cocaine hidden under banana farm

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Staff Writer | November 13, 2017
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LatAm   The largest single drug seizure

President Juan Manuel Santos announced Colombia’s police had seized 12 tons of cocaine, which he said was the largest single drug seizure in the history of the country.

The drugs were discovered stored underground when around 400 anti-narcotics police stormed four farms in a banana-growing area in the northwestern department of Antioquia.

"Never before, since we began more than 40 years ago to fight against drug trafficking, have we made a seizure of this magnitude," Santos told reporters.

Police estimated the value of the haul at around $360 million. They said the drugs belonged to Colombia’s most-wanted man, Dario Antonio Usuga, alias "Otoniel", who is the chief of the country’s largest drug-trafficking gang, the Gulf Clan.


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