Colombian authorities seize record eight tonnes of cocaine


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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