Colombian authorities seize record eight tonnes of cocaine

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Colombian authorities say they have made the biggest cocaine seizure in the country’s history.

Colombia’s National Police said 50 commandos backed by helicopters seized about eight tonnes of cocaine on a banana plantation in the north-western region of Antioquia.

It said the drug belonged to a gang known as the Clan Usuaga and was apparently destined for the Caribbean and then to the United States.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos sent a tweet on Sunday congratulating police on what he called the largest cocaine seizure in the history of Colombia, a major producer of the narcotic.
Police said they have seized more than 86 tonnes in total so far this year.

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