Colombia Seizes 12 Tons of Cocaine in Its Biggest-Ever Bust

  • Colombia Seizes 12 Tons of Cocaine in Its Biggest-Ever Bust

Colombia Seizes 12 Tons of Cocaine in Its Biggest-Ever Bust

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced Wednesday that police recently seized 12 tons of cocaine, the biggest single drug-seizure in Colombia's history.

Party drugs belonged to the criminal paramilitaristic group "the Clan of the Bay".

President Santos took to Twitter to boast that the haul, seized in what officials are calling Operation Agamemnon II, had a street value of $360 million.

Police said the cocaine belonged to Dairo Úsuga, also known as Otoniel, the leader of the Gulf gang, one of Colombia's most risky criminal organizations. Colombia's production is the highest it's been in 20 years, making it the world's largest coke producer as of March.

The police seized cocaine that is estimated to worth over Rs 2,300 crore in the U.S. market in a three-day operation that also saw some arrests being made.

The seizure comes as the United States, Colombia's main ally in the fight against drug trafficking, has raised concerns over an increase in coca cultivation. The bust was part of a bigger operation that so far has seized 362 tons of cocaine in 2017. According to the police report, four members of the Gulf Clan have been arrested in connection with the drug bust.

Colombia is producing more cocaine than ever before, according to the United Nations, which is helping Colombia trying to curb its decades-old cocaine exports.

The Colombian government began a new strategy earlier this year that seeks to curb the phenomenon by investing in coca-growing regions that have long suffered government neglect and state abandonment.