Colombia Seizes Record Cocaine Haul In Turbo

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 - 11:56

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Colombian national police seized some 8 tons of cocaine along the country's border with Panama over the weekend. Officials say the drugs were discovered in an underground chamber beneath a banana plantation.

Authorities in Colombia say they believe the drugs belong to a crime gang that U.S. officials are targeting — the Clan Usuga gang. The U.S. has offered a $5 million reward for the capture of the gang's leader, Dario Antonio Usuga David.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted that the bust is "the biggest seizure of drugs in history." He said it was "a hit against criminals."

In a statement, the Defense Ministry said the final stage of the operation began at 6 a.m. local time Sunday in the town of Turbo. Some 50 officers stormed the banana farm and found the drugs hidden under a layer of cement in a small building.

Colombian police released this video via you tube showing drugs being pulled out of a hiding spot:




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